Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Opening The Book On Adult Literacy

Education Minister Nick Smith today announced the development of a comprehensive Adult Literacy Strategy to parallel the Government's literacy and numeracy goals for children, in a speech to the Workbase Forum on International Literacy Day.

"Adult Literacy is as important to our economy as it is to our social fabric. It is no coincidence that around half of all unemployed people have low literacy abilities, and the situation in our prisons is even worse. To reduce both unemployment and crime rates we need a comprehensive literacy strategy. We have taken major steps to improve our children's literacy, and it is now timely to do the same for adults."

The Adult Literacy Strategy will involve developing clear measures of adult literacy as well as developing strategies that will improve adult literacy in the workplace and the wider community. The first phase will include further research, defining measures and indicators to be included in a consultation document which will be published in February next year. The response to the consultation document will be fed into the Enterprise Education Taskforce for report to Government by 30 June 2000.

"The development of this strategy parallels the Books in Prisons Trust pilot, launched today by the Prime Minister at Mt Eden Women's Prison in Auckland. We need to come up with a flexible strategy that will compliment the wide range of community initiatives to assist children with their reading and writing."

"The commitment to develop the strategy is just the first step. We need to get the research, do the consultation and implement the programmes to ensure that New Zealanders are the most literate people in the world. A literate society is more prosperous, more democratic, more informed, more independent and more confident. It is the sort of nation we need to commit ourselves to as we face the 21st Century."

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Reforming Parliament’s Toxic Culture

It would be nice to think Parliament was a forum where rationality ruled – and where policies are raised and evaluated in terms of their contribution to the greater good. Obviously, it isn’t like that... More>>

Historic Assualt Allegation: Parliamentary Service Staff Member Stood Down
Rt Hon Trevor Mallard said today: “I do not want to cut across any employment or possible police investigations, but I am satisfied that the Parliamentary Service has removed a threat to the safety of women working in the Parliamentary complex." More>>


 

Fatal 2018 Crash: Police Officer Should Not Have Engaged In Pursuit

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer should not have tried to stop or pursue a car thought to contain young people in Palmerston North on 28 May 2018. More>>

ALSO:

New Poverty Targets: Goals Overlook 174000 Children In Worst Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group is pleased to see the Government set ambitious 10-year targets for child poverty reduction, but we are disappointed not to see a target set for improving thousands of young lives where the worst of poverty is found. More>>

ALSO:

Study: Guidelines Needed To Avoid Risks In Government AI

New Zealand is a world leader in government algorithm use – but measures are needed to guard against their dangers. This is the conclusion of a New Zealand Law Foundation-funded report from the University of Otago’s Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand Project. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Families Welcome Opening Of Drift

The group representing 29 of the Pike River Families - the Pike River Family Reference Group - has welcomed the unsealing of the mine at a private family event this morning... More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Harbour Bridge: New Design For Walking And Cycling Crossing

The NZ Transport Agency has released plans for its preferred option for a shared path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge which will transform walking and cycling not only across the harbour, but throughout the city. The Transport Agency says its preferred ... More>>

ALSO:

Wellington:

Shaw First Reading Speech: Climate Change Response Bill

Madam Speaker, today we begin the task of amending the Climate Change Response Act [2002], to fulfil the commitment that we have made, as a country, to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: More Unsold Kiwibuild Houses Bought By Govt

The Crown underwrite for unsold Kiwibuild homes has been triggered for a second time. Now lack of sales in Mike Greer's development in Canterbury and Auckland means the government has had to buy back seven more homes. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels