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December 7, 2009

photo of Barb Pottier
Barb and her tutor Avril celebrate the end of a busy year of learning

The stories this week are written by students with the Halifax Community Learning Network ( HCLN is part of the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning and offers programs at the Captain William Spry, Halifax North, Keshen Goodman, and Spring Garden Road branches of the Halifax Public Libraries.

The Economic Case for Investing in Literacy

by Barb Pottier
Captain William Spry Library Adult Learning Program

When I thought literacy, I thought of people like me. People having a difficult time reading and spelling, but LITERACY is a much BIGGER WORD. It impacts 47% of us right here in Nova Scotia. And those are the ones we know of. I had the opportunity to attend a talk this week put on by Literacy Nova Scotia, about investing in literacy.

Scott Murray is the president of Data Angel Policy Research Inc. Data he had. We as Nova Scotians and Canadians need to get on board with literacy, because the train is leaving and we are being left behind. We need to make sure our children, grand children even ourselves, have the proper training needed to keep up in these economic times.

I left this talk heavy-hearted, but with the information needed to make changes in my life and the lives of people around me. I meet very hard working people that are trying to make a difference, but it is not enough to just sit here and wait, for someone else to fix the problem. It's up to all of us. Every man, woman and child needs to be of value in our system today.

I understand the meaning of candy coating it. No matter how we were raised, or what part of the world we came from, we need to be educated; also educated about what is happening now and will happen in the future.

The data was jaw dropping to say the least, but there is "HOPE". We just have to invest in our future, today and every day. The Federal 'We' can never give up!

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