International Literacy Day - The Network for Literacy calls on Minister Proulx to consult the relevant stakeholders before publicly announcing a new literacy strategy
Montreal, September 8, 2017 - On this International Literacy Day, the Network for Literacy welcomes the decision of Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Mr. Sébastien Proulx, to adopt a strategy for literacy and calls for a consultation with key members before publically presenting this strategy. The challenges and issues in the field, and the improvement of competency in literacy, numeracy and digital literacy remain an important need in Quebec. For this reason, Minister Proulx’s commitment to educational success, announced last June in his new policy, is a major development. The relevant stakeholders should be involved from the first discussion.
The necessity of a strategy in literacy is evident. There is a significant group of Quebec adults who have proven difficulties in writing, numeracy and in the use of communication and information technology. In fact, the creation of the Network for Literacy is the result of a sense of urgency shared by the 20 member organizations, about the situation of low literacy in the province, and the social, political, economic and cultural ramifications.
It is also essential that this future strategy for literacy provide the necessary financial resources required for its success, and for the support of the groups involved in programs helping adults with low literacy, and training in essential skills. This should be a governmental strategy, with the backing of all relevant ministers.
The Network for Literacy encourages Minister Proulx to continue in his efforts, knowing that the Network would like to contribute in the adoption of this future strategy. The Network invites the Minister to consult the platform adopted by its members, which illustrates their collaborative vision of success.
To consult the Network for Literacy’s platform: http://lutteanalphabetisme.ca/luttons-ensemble/
The Network for Literacy is comprised of 20 organizations who represent all factions of society. It works with the mission of mobilizing society and encouraging government to adopt a national strategy for literacy.
Members Organizations of the Network for Literacy: