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September 5, 2008
Mayor David Miller proclaims International Literacy Day
  
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed September 8 as “International Literacy Day” in Toronto 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. “The City’s commitment to eliminating illiteracy is an integral part of our Agenda for Prosperity. Success - in so many forms - will come from a fully literate workforce.”

In Toronto, it is estimated 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, the Toronto Public Library, The Word On The Street book and magazine fair, and local school boards is promoting access to literacy programs. As part of this campaign, new posters advertising literacy programs will be displayed throughout Toronto.

“Now is a great time for adults to consider upgrading their education,” said Glenn Pound, Executive Director of the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy. “It’s never too late to get back into learning.”

During the week of September 8 to 12, information booths will be set up in the rotunda at City Hall.

On September 9, the City will announce the finalists of the 2008 Toronto Book Awards. This year’s finalists and previous Toronto Book Award winners will read from their works in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair, which will take place at Queen’s Park on Sunday, September 28.

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 numerous 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 contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Community Engagement and Diversity Management, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824, cramkhal@toronto.ca
Glenn Pound, Executive Director, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy, 416-961-4013, glennp@mtlm.ca
David Clark, Communications Advisor, Strategic Communications, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-7542, dclark1@toronto.ca


 

 

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