Education / Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Jan. 27 is National Family Literacy Day (10/01/27)

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Jan. 27, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Families and the entire community were encouraged today to celebrate National Family Literacy Day by Education Minister Roland Haché and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.

"I invite families and the whole community to participate in reading and all the other activities promoting literacy, today and throughout the year," said Haché. "Reading with our children has a direct effect on their academic success, strengthens family ties and fosters the learning of language and culture."

The literacy initiatives of the school districts, schools, community, and other organizations seem to be having a positive effect. The most recent provincial assessments show that Grade 2 students have maintained their improvements in reading and writing.

In addition to numerous school activities, public libraries and literacy associations have organized free activities throughout the week.

"Family Literacy Day is an ideal opportunity for all New Brunswickers, young and old, to visit the province's public libraries and indulge in the pleasure of reading," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "In addition to being a fun activity they can share as a family, reading is a fundamental building block of education."

Arseneault made note of the new public libraries recently opened in Rogersville and Cap-Pelé.

National family literacy awareness day was first launched on Jan. 27, 1999, by the ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation. The theme for this year is Sing for Literacy.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Johanne Le Blanc, 506-453-3085, communications, Department of Education; Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-476-0542.

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