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September 7, 2007
Mayor David Miller proclaims International Literacy Day and Literacy Month
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed September 8 as “International Literacy Day” and September as “Literacy Month” to celebrate the right to read and write.

“We must continue to ensure that our residents are able to participate fully in the life of our city and in society at large,” said Mayor Miller. “I’m proud of our commitment to eliminate illiteracy and to make reading an every day part of our culture.”

In Toronto, estimates are that 24 per cent of adult residents can only read simple words or sentences while four out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65, struggle with low literacy. Toronto’s recognition of the importance of literacy programs is part of a world wide campaign established by the United Nations, which has proclaimed a decade ending in 2012 to achieve the eradication of illiteracy. Around the world 100 million children have no access to schools, and more than 860 million adults are unable to read or write.

The City, together with organizations such as the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy and local school boards and libraries, is promoting access to literacy programs.

Literacy Month will conclude with the annual Word on the Street Festival on September 30. Current and previous winners and finalists of the City’s 2007 Toronto Book Awards will read from their works at the City of Toronto tent.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Community Engagement and Diversity Management, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824



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