Ontario Celebrates Adult Learners



    McGuinty Government Recognizes International Adult Learners' Week

    TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    This week Ontario is celebrating adult learners who are committed to
furthering their education and improving their abilities, skills and
knowledge.

    Adult Learners' Week (March 3-9)
(http://www.unesco.ca/en/activity/education/AdultLearners.aspx) is coordinated
by the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
(http://www.unesco.ca/en/commission/unesco/default.aspx). Canada is one of 40
countries participating.
    This year's celebration highlights the 60th anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html), which
addresses the right to education.

    QUOTES

    "Lifelong learning and literacy are essential to Ontario's success in the
global knowledge economy," said Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/edu_minister.html).
    "Our government is committed to investing in skills, learning and people
to create a strong, competitive workforce in Ontario," said Minister of
Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy
(http://edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Last year, 47,000 learners received Literacy and Basic Skills
        services 
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/training/literacy/ontliteracy/ont_lit.html).

    -   In 2007-08, the government invested almost $75 million to support
        literacy and numeracy services in the Literacy and Basic Skills and
        Academic Upgrading Programs.

    -   In 2007-08, the government invested almost $63 million for adults in
        credit programs working towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

    -   In 2007-08, the government invested an additional $18 million to
        improve the adult education system in Ontario
(http://ogov.newswire.ca/ontario/GPOE/2007/08/30/c3866.html?lmatch=(less
than)=_e.html).
    

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about the future of adult learning in Ontario
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/adultedreview/report.html).

    Find literacy organizations in Ontario
(http://www.nald.ca/litweb/province/on.htm).

    <a href="http://ontario.ca/education-news">ontario.ca/education-news</a>
    <a href="http://ontario.ca/postsecondary-news">ontario.ca/postsecondary-news</a>
    Disponible en français




For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister Wynne's Office,
(416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Ministry of Education, (416) 325-2676;
Annette Phillips, Minister Milloy's Office, (416) 326-5748; Kevin Dove,
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2746; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892

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