On-line Literacy Forum archives mark CMEC literacy push

    TORONTO, July 4 /CNW/ - The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
(CMEC) today launches its Literacy Forum archives, a diverse collection of
webcast stories, experiences, and expertise on literacy. Ministers of
education from across Canada, under B.C.'s leadership, have united in their
commitment to help the many Canadians who struggle with literacy skills every
    In April 2008, the CMEC Pan-Canadian Interactive Literacy Forum, a
first-of-its-kind event, was simultaneously webcast to 3,000 participants at
nine sites across Canada. Literacy.cmec.ca is the information hub of CMEC's
Literacy Action Plan, Literacy - More than Words. It contains important
perspectives and information for anyone working to overcome literacy
    "Education ministers across Canada are united in their goal of improving
literacy skills for the nine million Canadians who struggle with low literacy.
We have highlighted the importance of strong literacy skills and are now
working aggressively in our communities to support our learners," said B.C.
Minister of Education Shirley Bond. "The inspirational and informative
materials in the Literacy Forum archives will provide an excellent resource to
support local literacy efforts across the country."

    Literacy.cmec.ca currently holds keynote presentations from leading
Canadians in government, business, and literacy research such as:

    -   Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson
    -   Former Premier of New Brunswick Frank McKenna
    -   Canwest Global VP David Asper
    -   Early childhood development expert Dr. Fraser Mustard
    -   Adult literacy expert Dr. Paul Bélanger

    Over the coming months, the site will grow to include more experiences
and resources that were featured during the forum. Each of the participating
sites focused its presentation on a key aspect of the literacy challenge:
Aboriginal literacy, lifelong literacy, literacy and the workforce, building
literacy in communities, and the economic benefits of literacy.
    "Literacy is a priority for Canada's education ministers," said
Kelly Lamrock, New Brunswick's Minister of Education and Chair of CMEC.
"Through these forum archives, we are continuing this pan-Canadian dialogue on
literacy and moving forward on the national literacy agenda."
    The Literacy Forum archive collection will continue to grow throughout
the summer to showcase highlights from many of the more than 100 literacy
presentations and activities seen at the forum.

    CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible
for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and
territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects
in areas of mutual interest and concern.

For further information:

For further information: Colin Bailey, Assistant Director,
Administration and Communications, Tel.: (416) 962-8100, ext. 259, E-mail:
c.bailey@cmec.ca, Web site: www.cmec.ca

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