The Action Plan
a workshop of stakeholders held in March 2007, educators, youth and employers discussed draft recommendations and approved the following refined recommendations.
Participants agreed that the workshop representatives would each move the recommendations relevant to their sector forward. Appendix C has a list of workshop participants.
For employers, including the Government of Nunavut:
- Support apprenticeship training, including building it into government-funded contracts.
- Offer Inuktitut as a first language classes for employees without full fluency in Inuktitut.
- Offer literacy and other essential skills training in the workplace.
- Offer Inuktitut as a second language training in the workplace.
- Expand housing options available to students relocating to take further training.
- Explore on-the-job mentoring for youth entering the workforce, anticipating that literacy skills may be incomplete.
- Extend learning programs to include pre-school components, with an early childhood education focus across the territory.
- Develop and implement programs to engage families of students in the school community. This could be as simple as holding an annual feast to celebrate the start of school.
- Offer literacy support to all students who are failing to grasp material being taught.
- Integrate more hands-on learning opportunities and learning by doing, rather than relying heavily on text-based materials.
- Develop alternatives to written tests to assess students’ learning.
- Increase access to vocational resources and training for secondary school students.
- Offer evening courses to allow access for people in the workforce.
- Adapt high school and adult basic education programs to be pre-workforce training programs.
- Develop part-time options for adult basic education programs.
- Offer space at school for homework after school hours.
- Consider developing ‘homework clubs’ for students.
- Develop and implement more programs for marginalized youth – those who may never go back to school. See Appendix D for examples of more context-based, non-formal community programs such as traditional skills programs that have a literacy component built in.
- Implement a plain language policy for
all print materials in all languages.
- Extend training funding to employers
wishing to offer literacy training and/or
Inuktitut as a second language training
- Apply ‘healing foundation’ funding
to test for FAS/FAE and provide
appropriate supports for learning and
working for those in need.
- Fund summer employment in trades related
fields to provide youth with
experience and exposure to more
- Fund mentorship programs for youth
who are more suited to land-based
economic activity with elders who
possess the necessary skills for success.
- Build on existing resources and models
to create programs that will include
youth who are not likely to undertake
formal training for cash-economy
- Document promising practices in place
in communities, including an analysis
of what conditions are necessary to
achieve success and what lessons
have been learned over the life of the
For the Nunavut Literacy Council:
- Explore and develop workplace literacy materials and programs.
- Continue to develop community outreach and development strategies to support non-formal learning such as family literacy and programs with a cultural focus.
- Develop and distribute a template to capture information about successful programs, including necessary conditions for success and lessons learned in delivering the programs.
- Seek funding to gather completed templates and disseminate them to communities throughout the territory to encourage customization and replication.