Ontario Celebrates Adult Learners

    McGuinty Government Recognizes International Adult Learners' Week

    TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ -


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

    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.


    "Lifelong learning and literacy are essential to Ontario's success in the
global knowledge economy," said Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne
    "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


    -   Last year, 47,000 learners received Literacy and Basic Skills

    -   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


    Find out more about the future of adult learning in Ontario

    Find literacy organizations in Ontario

    <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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