Literacy Expert Available to Comment
on Canada's Composite Learning Index
Frontier College ready to comment
on "composite learning index"
Thursday, May 11, 2006 -- For Immediate Release-
TORONTO, Ontario - On Monday, May 15, the Canada Council on Learning
(CCL) will release its Composite Learning Index (CLI), assessing
the state of learning in Canada. John O'Leary, President of Frontier
College, Canada's leading literacy provider, will be available to
comment on the findings of the CCL and to the critical role of literacy
for Canada's learning prospects.
What: Release of the Canada Council on Learning's Composite
Learning Index (CLI )
When: Monday May 15, 2006
Who: John O'Leary, President of Frontier College. For more
than 100 years, Frontier College has worked on the frontlines of
literacy. It provides literacy skills training to thousands of Canadians
every year through direct programs and via training of a national
network of volunteers and community partners.
Literacy in Canada: 42% of Canadians are in literacy levels 1 and
2 as defined by Statistics Canada. This group of people does not
have the literacy skills necessary to thrive in today's knowledge-based
society. Improving literacy levels necessitates a significant collective
response: public, private, individual and corporate. If Canada wants
to compete in the global economy, we need to invest in literacy.
"Literacy is Canada's hidden crisis," says John O'Leary.
"While we strive to increase productivity and enhance our learning,
four in ten Canadians can't understand everyday written materials.
Literacy is not just about reading and writing; it impacts health,
prosperity, employment, productivity and public safety. Any discussion
about learning is ultimately a discussion about literacy, and any
solution for improving learning in Canada needs to incorporate improving
If you are interested in an interview with John
one of Canada's leading literacy thinkers and "do-ers,"
Sandi Kiverago, Director of Communications,
416-923-3591 x318, cell: 416-841-1212
Literacy is an essential skill in today's world. At Frontier College,
we believe it's a fundamental right.
Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health
and high unemployment. 42% of adult Canadians have trouble with
everyday tasks that involve reading. That's millions of Canadians
who are not reaching their potential. Through a network of thousands
of volunteers, Frontier College is helping people to realize their
potential and seize the opportunities that come their way.
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