Literacy is critical in making sense of our world. From the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep, we are constantly making meaning of the world around us.
Literacy development occurs not only in school but also in every aspect of daily life. International Literacy Day highlights the importance of literacy development and raises awareness of literacy issues around the world.
“Alberta students deserve the best education we can deliver. Literacy and numeracy are the building blocks to ensure students are able to apply knowledge and problem-solving skills to create a positive future for themselves, their families and their communities.”
-David Eggen, Minister of Education
In Alberta, literacy is a natural part of learning in every subject. The development of literacy across subject areas has the dual effect of enriching students’ understanding of the subject area content while increasing their skills in literacy. When students use literacy in every subject, they become more adept at applying literacy in all their learning.
Through the development of future curriculum, Alberta Education is placing a greater emphasis on 21st century competencies and literacy and numeracy across subjects and grades. This approach will help build an even stronger foundation for student success in a dynamic, global society and diversified economy.