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Toronto, Sep 10 (Canadian-Media): The Council of the Federation Literacy Award (CFLA) -- recognizing the important role played by literacy allowing the participation of Canadian citizens in all areas of society had helped more than 25,000 Ontarians this year in honour of International Literacy Day to improve their literacy and numeracy skills to help in job opportunities and career advancement, media reports said.
More than 15 percent of working-age people in Ontario have low levels of literacy and numeracy skills.
The Employment Ontario – which provides training, build skills or help find a job -- connects people looking for work with employers and had helped about 1 million Ontarians in 2015–16, including nearly 123,000 employers across Ontario.
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It was announced in 2017 Budget that Ontario Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan – where adults learn essential job skills for free -- will provide free reading, writing, math and digital skills training to 80,000 adult learners across Ontario over four years.
This year's award honours The LearningHUB, for developing creative curriculum resources and in coordinating supports and services to facilitate blended learning.
Since its establishment in 2007, The LearningHUB has provided online literacy and basic skills programming to over 25,000 adult learners across Ontario including those living in rural and remote communities where classroom programs are not accessible and those in urban areas who may be challenged with physical, emotional or scheduling barriers to attending classroom programs.
Over the past decade, the LearningHUB's catalogue of programming has expanded to over 260 live classes, anytime learning courses and interactive tutorials covering a variety of academic and employability topics. The LearningHUB's staff work out of the Centres for Employment and Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board, connecting them to the full suite of programs offered and funded by Ontario.
The LearningHUB was chosen by a three-member selection committee: Katherine Shine is the executive director of the Kenamatewin Native Learning Centre (KNLC), recipient of the 2016 Council of Federation Literacy Award; Laura Hamilton is a regional program adviser in the Western Region Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in London; Daniel Denommé is an education officer in the Program Implementation Branch at the Ministry of Education.
The flexible programming of the LearningHUB's eliminates geographic and personal barriers preventing people from participating in traditional educational programs and has also partnered with the Regional Literacy Networks and Employment Ontario service providers to develop resources for e-Channel, Ontario's free online learning network.
Applauding the LearningHUB for their innovative online programming which gives free access to more than 260 courses, which adult learners can take at home at their own pace, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said, "Essential skills and employment training sets people up for success in the workforce. The LearningHUB’s unique approach to online learning helps people realize their full potential by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead. I am delighted to recognize everyone at the LearningHUB for their work in putting education and training within reach of so many people across Ontario."
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"The guidance and support offered by The LearningHUB staff make an enormous contribution to the success of adult learners as they work toward achieving their literacy goals. Congratulations to the dedicated LearningHUB team on receiving this important recognition," Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development was quoted by the media.
"On behalf of the Avon Maitland District School Board, the LearningHUB is honoured to receive the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. We are thrilled that this comes as we celebrate our 10th anniversary providing online essential skills training for adults across Ontario. This accomplishment is a tribute to our dedicated staff as they support over 2,000 learners annually investing in their life goals. We would like to thank the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development’s support for this program and the Council of the Federation for this prestigious recognition," said Ralf Mesenbrink, Principal of Adult and Alternative Education, the Centre for Employment & Learning, Avon Maitland District School Board.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)