TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Provincial and territorial education
ministers are joining today with governments, business and labour,
nongovernmental organizations, and individuals from around the world to
celebrate International Literacy Day (ILD).
ILD was established in 1965 by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to highlight the
fundamental value of literacy and promote greater literacy around the
UNESCO has chosen the theme "Literacy and Peace" for ILD 2012 to
underscore the role that literacy can play in resolving conflict and
promoting civic engagement and social harmony.
"Ministers of education are pleased to add their voice to the global
call for greater literacy for all peoples," said the Honourable Ramona
Jennex, Chair of CMEC and Minister of Education for Nova Scotia. "We
recognize that literacy is a one of the pillars of an open and
democratic, economically strong, and socially inclusive society."
Provinces and territories continue their efforts on literacy through a
wide range of programs and initiatives adapted to meet the varied needs
of their respective populations. This flexible approach — a hallmark of
Canada's education systems — ensures that government resources are used
to maximum effect and successes are shared among provinces and
territories and on the international stage.
Canadians can learn more about literacy in Canada by visiting www.cmec.ca/literacy.
Literacy also remains an integral part of the work of CMEC and is
addressed in a variety of programs and activities, including education
data and learning assessment, international engagement, and early
Of particular note is CMEC's participation, in partnership with the
federal government, in OECD's flagship assessment of adult skills and
learning, the Programme for International Assessment of Adult
Competencies (PIAAC). PIAAC will provide Canadians with one of the most
complete portraits ever of adult skills in Canada, including literacy,
and will inform policy development for years to come. The first results
from PIAAC will be released in fall 2013.
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