No plan for lit­er­acy to date

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

To­day, learn­ing to read and write is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly more com­plex. Pro­fi­ciency in read­ing and writ­ing, in tra­di­tional print for­mats, is es­sen­tial for read­ing and learn­ing in all sub­ject ar­eas and for daily func­tion­ing in demo­cratic so­ci­eties. An adult lit­er­acy strat­egy and pol­icy is neede d t o g u ide the prov­ince’s e f f o r t s to ad­vance skills de­vel­op­ment, to im­prove lit­er­acy lev­els and to guide bud­getary de­ci­sions.

On April 26, 2007, the Govern­ment of New­found­land and L a b ra d o r an­nounced its in­tent to de­velop an en­hanced Strate­gic Adult Lit­er­acy Plan for the prov­ince. Dur­ing the en­su­ing six-year pe­riod, Lit- er­acy NL has main­tained its ef­forts to con­sult and en­gage with govern­ment on the de­vel­op­ment and re­lease of the plan. To date, no plan has been an­nounced.

With­out a strate­gic plan, our prov­ince has no means by which to gauge the in­ten­tion or the ef­fec­tive­ness of govern­ment to deal with low lit­er­acy and to en­hance skills de­vel­op­ment, nor to mon­i­tor its re­turn on in­vest­ments. I call on govern­ment to work to­ward an early re­lease date for such a strat­egy and pol­icy.

With­out a strate­gic plan, our prov­ince has no means by which to gauge the in­ten­tion or

the ef­fec­tive­ness of govern­ment to deal with low lit­er­acy and to

en­hance skills de­vel­op­ment, nor to mon­i­tor its re­turn on

in­vest­ments.

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