TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Provincial and territorial ministers of
education join today with parents, caregivers, and children across
Canada to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Family Literacy Day.
Established in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada, Family Literacy Day
promotes family reading activities and encourages Canadians to make
family time an opportunity for parents and children to learn together.
Activities and events are taking place throughout Canada, in schools
and libraries, and in the community. In honour of the 15th anniversary, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging families to take
"15 minutes of fun" each day to learn together.
This year's celebration comes just weeks after some very encouraging
news about literacy and families in Canada. Results from the Progress
in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) were released on
December 11, 2012, and show that Canadian parents have one of the
highest levels of involvement in literacy-related activities with their
preschool-age children. The study also reports that Canadian students
say they enjoy reading more than students in almost any other country,
a factor that also has a positive effect on their reading scores.
PIRLS tested the reading literacy skills of over 325,000 Grade 4
students from 45 countries and economies. Canada ranked in the top 10
among participating jurisdictions, with Canadian youngsters scoring
548, well above the PIRLS-scale midpoint of 500. Coordinated by the
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement
(IEA), PIRLS is currently the only international assessment that
measures reading skills at the elementary-school level.
"The results from PIRLS confirm that Canadian parents are doing an
excellent job in fostering a culture of literacy in the home," said the
Honourable Ramona Jennex, Chair of CMEC and Nova Scotia's Minister of
Education. "After all, parents and caregivers are our children's first
teachers, welcoming them into the world of language and nurturing their
individual and social development. I know I speak for all ministers of
education when I say how pleased I am to celebrate their role today."
Literacy remains an integral part of CMEC's work and is interwoven with
a variety of programs and activities, including official-languages
learning, learning assessment, international engagement, and early
childhood learning and development.
Upcoming literacy-related activities in 2013 in which CMEC is
the release in October 2013 of the first results from OECD's flagship
assessment of adult skills and learning, the Programme for the
International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which will
provide Canadians with one of the most complete portraits ever of adult
skills in Canada, including literacy;
the release in December 2013 of results from OECD's 2012 Programme for
the International Student Assessment (PISA), which will examine the
mathematics skills of 15-year-old students, with attention paid to
reading, science, and problem solving as well.
Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of
education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and
international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive
jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education. For more
information, visit us at www.cmec.ca.
SOURCE: Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
For further information:
Tel.: 416-962-8100, ext. 259