Friday, October 14, 2005

Thoughts on the links between poverty and literacy

Hey everyone,

Got home from training tonight and found the following message in my inbox courtesy of Carleton:

"October 17, 2005 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - ending child poverty in Canada - National Day of Action. It is also "Wrap it in White Day" - the White Band is the symbol of the Make Poverty History Campaign and wearing it in 2005 is about sending a message that you want to end poverty. Canada's campaign to end poverty calls for critical and meaningful policy change. Here is what we want in 14 words:

More and Better Aid. Trade Justice. Cancel the Debt. End Child Poverty in Canada.

WUSC Carleton and other campus groups invite you to join us on Monday, October 17 2005 in the Tory Quad at Carleton University between 12 and 5 pm to join together in the fight against poverty. There will be information booths, live music and many other displays and activities - and the White Bands will be available. In the centre of the Tory Quad we will be holding a Cardboard Village. Students will be asked to live in cardboard box for the day, as a visual representation of poverty. Any students interested should email Erin_Browning@carleton.ca We will also be holding a food drive so we encourage you to bring with you any non-perishable food items.

Between 11:30am-1:00pm there will also be demonstrations in the Residence Dining Hall.

Also, at 7pm there will be a special showing of "Life and Debt" in the Commons Grille in the Residence Commons. Everyone is welcome!

All students are requested to wear white on October 17th to show their support for the campaign.

For more information, please visit http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca or
contact WUSC Carleton at wusc@carleton.ca."

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Anyway, got me thinking about the links between poverty and literacy. Lyndsay passed out one of the Movement for Canadian Literacy (MCL) fact sheets on the issue tonight at training. You can find it online HERE. Basically, it provides some facts about how Canada's high rate of illiteracy/undereducation is not simply an eduation problem. It is a symptom of deep and widespread social inequality created, in large part, by poverty.

For those of you at training tonight, Lyndsay also mentioned another Fact Sheet from MCL on literacy and families. You can find that one HERE.

Looking forward to meeting more of you tomorrow at our second training.

Louise

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