A Message from Danny Cavanagh, LNS Board Chair


Literacy and lifelong learning are vital for the health and resilience of our communities.

More than ever it is becoming necessary for people to obtain and improve these essential skills as technology and expectations of core competencies advance. Literacy Nova Scotia works with over thirty community-based programs that provide literacy and essential skills instruction to an estimated 2000 adult learners across the province.We provide professional development, access to information and resources, funding and educational opportunities for learners, and other supports to these organizations.

The investment in education is three times as important to economic growth as investments in physical capital, such as machinery and equipment. Improving basic skills has a greater impact on the economy than increasing skills of those at a higher literacy level. About half of adult Canadians are at or below the minimum level of literacy skills required to function in todayís society. Those with lower literacy and essential skills are more likely to be unemployed or dependent on social assistance.

Improving and maintaining the literacy levels of Nova Scotians
helps build our local economy.

We understand that people with only basic literacy and core competencies were often forced to leave school early to support their families or couldnít afford the rising cost of further education. But itís not just those with less formal education who can benefit from literacy and essential skills upgrading: about 6% of those with post-secondary education are also at basic literacy levels.

Literacy Nova Scotia recognizes that the benefits of improving literacy and essential skills are much more than just economic. In some cases, it can mean a difference between life and death if workers canít understand health and safety instructions. Adult learners who have been through literacy training have had their lives positively transformed. Their confidence increases, they get better jobs, and some have gone on to teach, write books or become political leaders.

Our work is too important to be left to chance. The provision for literacy and essential skills programs come from a variety of sources, mostly federal and filtered into the provinces. Public financing is especially important with fewer dollars coming from the government. We hear over and over about how the labour force and quality training are the backbone of our economy. We couldnít agree more, and we in the wake of diminished funding need help. Please consider becoming an LNS member today as an individual or an organization, as well as a primary sponsor. With your financial support and assistance, we can continue our great work.

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