One of the many casualties of the withdrawal of support for coordination and information sharing at the federal level has been literacy publications. This gap has affected everyone, and programs are the poorer for not being able to learn about innovations in other parts of the country. A significant gap has been the lack of a way for francophone Canada to speak with Anglophone Canada.
Our friends at the Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA) have produced a resource that helps bridge those gaps. COFA published a special edition of its magazine Perfectio and has generously translated it into English.
While many of the articles are targeted to the Ontario literacy community, I think people right across the country will find them of interest. The section covering essential, generic and language skills discusses how best to articulate skills at a time when the federal government is reviewing its Essential Skills Framework. Several articles address how to best make use of digital skills and tools, a timely topic during this pandemic.
Two articles attracted my attention. The first is a summary of the report Influences: Lessons from Policy and Practices in Literacy and Essential Skills in Canada 1990-2019. Linda Shohet and Isabelle Coutant took a deep dive into how the Essential Skills Framework shaped practice in Canada. The other piece that spoke to me was Senator Diane Bellemare’s speech on the “fourth industrial revolution.” Senator Bellemare calls for a Canadian strategy for lifelong learning based on a common language for skills, shared and effective funding, and development of a culture of lifelong learning.
I’m certain you will find many of the articles interesting and timely. As well, the journal highlights the perspectives of francophone practitioners to which anglophone practitioners often do not have access.
Here are the links to the English and the French versions:
The special edition entitled “Soar” of Perfectio magazine is now available in English and on line at the following address: https://issuu.com/cofa-fad/docs/edition_speciale_-_hiver_2020-en-web
L’édition spéciale intitulée « Essor » du revue Perfectio est maintenant disponible en ligne à l’adresse suivante : https://issuu.com/cofa-fad/docs/edition_speciale_-_hiver_2020_web