On September 8th Kids Are Not the Only Ones Going Back to School

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - September 8th is International Literacy Day and
also the first day of school - but not just for kids. Adults of all ages are
looking to upgrade their literacy skills to improve their prospects and reach
their potential at work, at home and in their communities.
    On September 8th, join millions of Canadians in reaching their potential
by taking the International Literacy Day Challenge. Practice life-long
learning with these fun literacy activities:

    -   Turn off the TV and read a book, newspaper, magazine or online
    -   Read a story to your children
    -   Learn a new recipe
    -   Add to a blog, Facebook, Twitter or other social media
    -   Sign up for a community course

    According to the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey conducted
by the OECD and Statistics Canada, four out of every ten Canadian adults have
trouble with reading and writing. This means they can have difficulty coping
with rapidly changing skill demands in the modern workplace.
    Literacy organizations across Canada including ABC CANADA Literacy
Foundation, Frontier College,
    Movement for Canadian Literacy and the Ontario Literacy Coalition,
encourage Canadians to bring literacy to life in their home, workplace and
    For more information on International Literacy Day, visit UNESCO at
    Canadians seeking to upgrade their literacy skills are encouraged to look
under "Learn" in the Yellow Pages or at www.yellowpages.ca for programs
nearest them.

For further information:

For further information: Ashley Tilley, ABC CANADA, (416) 218-0010 ext.
127, atilley@abc-canada.org; Sandi Kiverago, Frontier College, (416) 923-3591
ext. 318, skiverago@frontiercollege.ca; Lindsay Kennedy, Movement for Canadian
Literacy, (613) 563-2464, lindsay@literacy.ca; Lesley Brown, Ontario Literacy
Coalition, (416) 963-5787 ext 27, (647) 991-5787, lesley@on.literacy.ca

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