|literacy.ca||Volume 5, No. 2, Winter 2003|
Next Steps for the Literacy Action Agenda
MCLs objectives in developing a National Literacy Action Agenda have been:
When finished, the Literacy Action Agenda will outline what needs to be done over the coming years to improve literacy in Canada, from the perspective of the Canadian literacy community. Now that our community has endorsed the proposed principles, priorities and goals, MCL will develop suggested action steps for each goal based on the responses to the discussion guide, as well as on existing research and advice from literacy leaders with specific expertise. Finally well seek the agreement of national and provincial/territorial literacy organizations. Only action steps on which there is consensus will be included in the Agenda.
In the end the Literacy Action Agenda will be useful as a guide and rallying point:
The value of MCLs efforts in pulling together a unified literacy voice is evident in this excerpt from a letter we received from Jane Stewart, Minister of Human Resources Development Canada.
Within the recommendations in the area of Strengthening Learning Culture (at the National Summit on Innovation and Learning), I was pleased that delegates identified establishing a pan-Canadian literacy/essential skills system as a priority.
As we collectively develop approaches to implement the outcomes of the summit, I am encouraged by the enthusiasm of organizations like the Movement for Canadian Literacy and others across the country who want to work collectively towards common goals on important issues such as literacy and learning. The recent documents you have submitted are key documents that the government of Canada will want to draw upon as it moves ahead in the important area of literacy. I would encourage the Movement for Canadian Literacy, on behalf of all the national literacy organizations and the broader literacy community, to continue to keep in touch with Human Resources Development Canada as our work in this area progresses.
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