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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

February is I LOVE TO READ! month

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Literacy is the basis for the well-being of individuals, families, and the whole province. The ability to read, write and perform basic math has an impact well beyond those skills. Low literacy is, on the surface, an invisible handicap. Its effects, however, are not. Investing in literacy makes economic, social and political sense/cents.
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A few facts on literacy in MB

Number of Manitoba adults aged 20 to 64
with less than grade 9: -----------------------39,200
Number of Manitoba adults aged 20 to 64
with less than a high school diploma: 180,380 (or more than 1 in 4)
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Average annual salary for a Manitoba worker
with a college or trade school certificate: $29,000
Average annual salary for a Manitoba worker
with less than a high school education: ---$19,000
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The estimated annual cost of low literacy to Manitoba society: $375 million

Did You Know
...that by helping unemployed people with less than a Grade 9 education overcome low literacy and graduate high school, we can cut their unemployment rate in half?

Have you considered

...that maybe Stephen Harper's cuts to funding in literacy programs last Spring stirred little debate from those in need because those who are in need have no voice? They need us to say what they can't right now. They are your neighbour, your friend, your cousin. Don't let them remain invisible...give them a voice.

For more answers & contact information, go to Literacy Partners of Manitoba's website: http://www.mb.literacy.ca/start.htm

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