Frontier College speaks out in
of Canada's learners, volunteers
and literacy practitioners
Toronto, October 4, 2006
In 1988, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney came to Frontier College
to launch a federal government program in support of literacy -
the National Literacy Secretariat.
Since then, funds from this federal agency have helped to build
an infrastructure of literacy programs in every part of Canada,
developed new and effective literacy teaching materials and supported
original research and public awareness programs about literacy in
"I am very concerned about how the cuts to literacy funding
announced on September 25th will harm the adult learners, teachers
and volunteer tutors who make up this national literacy network,"
says John O'Leary, President of Frontier College.
In 2005, Statistics Canada and the OECD confirmed that one in four
Canadian adults has trouble carrying out basic tasks involving reading
An investment in literacy programming would have a significant
positive impact on our society and on our economy.
A rise of one per cent in literacy scores relative to the international
average is associated with an eventual 2.5-per-cent relative rise
in labour productivity and a 1.5-per-cent rise in Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) per person, according to Statistics Canada.
Frontier College is calling on the appropriate government ministers
and their officials to meet with the leaders of provincial literacy
coalitions and the national literacy organizations to work out a
solution to this situation. By working together, the literacy network
and the federal government can achieve a great vision for our country
- literacy for all.
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. Forty-two
percent 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.
For more information about Frontier College or to arrange an interview
with John O'Leary, one of Canada's leading literacy experts, please
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