Reflecting on International Literacy Day

We know how important it is for students in Nova Scotia to acquire a solid foundation in literacy that will benefit them throughout their school years and into their adulthood.

Your liberal government is proud of our work towards helping students develop reading, writing, and oral communication skills, including the launch of our literacy strategy in 2015. We have invested $3.2 million investment for 24 Reading Recovery teachers, nine literacy leads and 28 literacy mentors.

The Reading Recovery teachers continue to help Grade 1 students receive the reading support they need, when they need it, literacy mentors play a significant role in helping to coach teachers in the classroom, and literacy leads work with each school board to make sure the implementation of the strategy is consistent.

Your Liberal government has also invested $65 million to support real changes in the classroom by hiring more teachers, specialists and math mentors.

We have also spent $60,000 to help fund a program for Nova Scotians needing literacy and skills development to help them find jobs here at home. ‘Moving on Up: Employment Readiness’ is run through the Dartmouth Learning Network.

Improving education isn’t simple. It requires time, hard work — and money. As Liberals, we are committed to finding ways to provide our students with the essentials skills they need to succeed in school and life.