News Release - September 8, 2000
SASKATCHEWAN LITERACY DAY PROCLAIMED
September 8th is Saskatchewan Literacy Day.
Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training Minister Glenn Hagel made the
proclamation at the Regina Public Library's flag-raising ceremony in Regina.
The proclamation is Saskatchewan's way of honouring and supporting a tradition
started in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO). International Literacy Day is also celebrated on
September 8. It is part of a world-wide strategy to address the social and
economic issues that result from low literacy levels.
"Literacy is the basic foundation that's necessary for people to participate
fully in Saskatchewan's social and economic life," Hagel said. "Literacy is an
important, life-long and life-fulfilling skill."
The Saskatchewan Government provides about $1.1 million a year to post-
secondary institutions and community-based organizations to deliver programs
that develop literacy skills. More than 2,500 learners participate annually in
Saskatchewan's literacy programs.
Saskatchewan Literacy Day is being marked by flag-raising ceremonies and other
local events in communities throughout the province.
For more information, contact:
Program Manager, Adult Literacy
Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training
Phone: (306) 787-2513