Archive for May, 2014

OECD Report on Literacy Skills

May 28th, 2014

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. They work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change.

In a recent OECD Report on Literacy Skills entitled, Skilled for Life?, the OECD emphasizes the importance of Literacy Skills:

“Those with low literacy skills are also more than twice as likely to be unemployed.”

To access the entire report, click HERE.


Canadian government quietly collapses the national literacy and essential skills network

May 28th, 2014

The Canadian Literacy and Learning Network is the national hub for research, information and knowledge exchange, increasing literacies and essential skills across Canada. CLLN, a non-profit charitable organization, represents literacy coalitions, organizations and individuals in every province and territory in Canada. They share knowledge, engage partners and stakeholders and build awareness to advance literacy and learning across Canada.

In a recent news release, they challenge the government’s rationale for ending Canada’s national literacy and essential skills network:

“Without an announcement or any consultation, it appears that the federal government has decided to quietly collapse Canada’s national literacy and essential skills network. This is happening at the same time as community literacy programs across Canada experience a seismic shift and uncertainty of sustained operations, while millions of dollars in federal funding is being effectively diverted from federal-provincial Labour Market Agreements and redirected to the unproven Canada Job Grant program.”

To read the entire news release, click HERE.