Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Literacy Tribune

The Literacy Tribune is a newsletter for learners.

It is from the US.
There is a new Literacy Tribune every two months.

It has information about health, finance, education, and technology.

It also has a learner’s story that will encourage and inform learners on their journey to improving their literacy skills.

Here is the Call for Writers -->
Click on the link to find out if you would like to write for the Literacy Tribune.

Friday, May 1, 2009

"I just want my voice to be heard on this issue"

A learner posted a comment here and I was worried that people would not see it so I posted again on the main page:

I am a very strong Learner in Literacy and I have been going to The South Temiskaming Literacy council for 6 years now.

On April the 20th 2008 all the learners were call to a meeting at the back table and it was regard waring in a Literacy program and I do feel that we aren't little child.

and I just want my voice to be heard on this issue and I had told them it was unfair to do that in my program


I do feel that we need more funding in the programs and better help for the learners.

Friday, October 10, 2008

cheryl turner speaks

Cheryl Turner from Guelph Action Read talks about participating in the Tongues in Trees project:

Tongues in Trees was an outdoor art show at the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre as a part of the Shakespeare - Made in Canada Festival. Dawn Matheson, a multimedia artist and writer living in Guelph, volunteered at a poetry reading that included adult literacy learners from Action Read Guelph and was inspired by the voices speaking their own words and those of famous poets. Dawn and a group of learners worked to reveal Shakespeare as the “artist of and for Everyman, Everywoman” he really is.

Happy harvest weekend.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

i can't read

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

the kids are alright

This media release was forwarded to us from the office of Charlie Angus, the Member of Parliament for Timmins - James Bay.


Thirteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize for her fight to get a school built in her impoverished Cree community of Attawapiskat. Earlier this spring, Koostachin gained national attention when she challenged Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl over his refusal to honour a federal commitment to build a school in Attawapiskat.

NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) says Koostachin has inspired young people across Canada to fight the second-class treatment of on reserve children.

"Children shouldn’t have to mount an international campaign just to get a school built," said Angus. "Shannen has emerged as a voice for the so-called ‘forgotten children’ of Attawapiskat. She has reached out to students across Canada to help in the fight."

Cindy Blackstock of the First Nation’s Child and Family Caring Society nominated Koostachin for the award that is overseen by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

"The Children’s Peace Prize is given to children who have made a significant contribution to advancing children’s rights," said Angus. "The government of Canada seems to have forgotten that the right to a proper education is a fundamental human right. But Shannen isn’t content to be treated as a second-class citizen. She has emerged as an inspiring young leader who is waging a fight that has international significance."

Last month, Shannen and three other Attawapiskat students put the government of Canada on notice that they intend to challenge Canada at the upcoming review of Canada’s obligations under the UN Rights of the Child Convention.

"Minister Strahl told me he had other priorities than building a school. Maybe he thinks we will just lose hope and give up. But I was always taught by my parents to stand up and speak for what I believe in. I told him the children won’t give up. We will keep moving forward, walking proud in our moccasins until we are given justice."

The nomination package for Shannen Koostachin includes numerous supporting letters from education associations, First Nation organizations and individual teachers in both the separate and public boards of Ontario.