Literacy involves social, cultural & functional codes that help us participate in society. In Canada, we need a comprehensive literacy strategy, which entails a shift in policy orientation so that learning and human development are considered as ends in themselves. The economic benefits of literacy learning are obvious; the question is how to make the learning happen. Instead of asking Economists to quantify the benefits, lets ask educators to qualify how to make learning happen.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

>MTML's Newsletter - INCOMING -March 2006 -

>MTML's Newsletter - INCOMING -March 2006 - "I recently visited a literacy program and while I was listening to a young man read to his classmates, a program worker quietly told me that this particular student had been living on the street when he came to the program. She went on to explain that although it was quite difficult at first, and there were many challenges, he was doing great now, has his own apartment, and will soon be graduating to college.

Anyone who works in literacy probably has similar stories. Helping someone get on the road to lifelong learning really does make a world of difference for someone’s life - that is clear. What is not always so obvious is the difference it can make for the community. Of course literacy programs realize this, but at the East End Literacy (EEL) program they are emphasizing the community development aspect of literacy work, and are demonstrating, to great effect, how literacy programs can be the catalyst for a vital community building process."


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