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Thursday, 08 September 2011 11:27

Southwest Literacy Committee, GPC team up on (Sept. 8) Literacy Day

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Great Plains College is proud to once again partner with the Southwest Literacy Committee in support of International Literacy Day, which is celebrated every Sept. 8 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

UNESCO estimates that 793 million adults worldwide are illiterate with two per cent of those, or almost 16 million, located in Canada and the United States. A 2010 report from the Canadian Council on Learning estimated the number of Canadian adults with low literacy levels could increase 25 per cent by the year 2031.
Great Plains College continues to support literacy initiatives through its EAL (English as an additional language) and Basic Education programming, as well as ongoing partnerships with the Southwest Literacy Committee and other community partners in an effort to bring more training opportunities to Saskatchewan. Earlier this year, a new language lab opened at the college’s Swift Current Campus thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Swift Current
“The language lab was, and remains, an exciting development as we continue to strive for 100 per cent literacy in the Southwest,” said Bula Ghosh, Basic Education coordinator at the college and chairperson of the Southwest Literacy Committee. “Literacy is a basic human right and we will continue to support it, through new and existing initiatives, whenever possible.”
A workshop for authors and project leaders concerned about world peace is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Chinook Regional Library’s Swift Current Branch. It is also presented in part by Great Plains College and the Southwest Literacy Committee.

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