The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) and its partners are again this year celebrating Adult Learners’ Week in Canada. In 2013, the dates are April 6 - 14.
International Adult Learners' Week (IALW) was officially launched by UNESCO on September 8, 2000. Its founders understood that the most effective way to underscore the importance of lifelong learning was to give adult learners themselves the chance to express their views, describe their challenges, and document their success stories. IALW has been celebrated in Canada since 2002.
In Canada in 2011, a partnership was created among NALD, the Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC), the Assembly of First Nations, the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Inuit Tapirit Kanatami (an organization representing four Inuit regions) to promote Adult Learners’ Week in Canada. The slogan ‘l’m still learning’ is engaging anglophones, francophones, First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in celebrations organized for this week dedicated to adult learners.
NALD celebrates the accomplishments of learners by featuring each week a new learner's story in Story of the Week. To find a story, users can search by alphabetical order, by year and by location. Stories with audio files are grouped together.