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- Kathryn Barry Paddock
In October, we held our three-day training on embedding literacy and essential skills in youth programs. The three days were filled with three facilitators, (Amanda from the NWT Literacy Council, Lisa Campbell and Sue Follinsbee, Evaluator) and people from the communities of Fort Providence, Yellowknife, N’dilo, Dettah, Whati, Nahanni Butte, Deline and Sachs Harbour. Our training was focused on the nine essential skills: reading, writing, oral communication, digital literacy, numeracy, document use, thinking, working with others, and continuous learning. Participants learned how to incorporate these essential skills into programming, and they will design their own programs for their community. One example that participants went through was a cooking program.
Halloween is upon us! What this means for northern kids is planning a costume that will be big enough to fit over a snowsuit, planning the best route for trick-or-treating, and finding the biggest pillowcase in the house to fill with candy on Halloween night.
There is a lot of excitement leading up to Halloween. Why not harness some of that energy with some holiday-themed activities?
2015 has been a difficult year for many literacy organizations across the country. We have seen the shuttering of Literacy NL, Literacy Alberta, the Centre for Literacy, COPIAN (formerly NALD – the National Adult Literacy Database) to name a few.
Guest blogger, Ollie Williams, started a new podcast series for two reasons: to get to know interesting northerners, and to learn about books he might not know about otherwise.
Can you tell a northerner's life story in five books?
Early childhood education and care has so many benefits it’s little wonder it’s an election issue both federally and territorially.
The Feasibility Study of Universal, Affordable Day Care in the Northwest Territories outlines those benefits in the graphic copied here.
NWT Literacy Week is a good time to consider what role literacy skills play in your life, and what you can do to support literacy. We’re all impacted by literacy – as individuals, family and community members, employees, employers and taxpayers.
The adage “use it or lose it” is as true about our literacy skills as anything else. If we don’t exercise them, literacy skills get rusty. For me, math skills are most likely to become weak due to underuse.