Hi everyone,

Re. below, for your information.

It would have been helpful had this analysis also attempted to connect the
dots with regard to the role of public libraries in learning.
But it¹s a good start!



Leo J. Deveau B.A., M.Ed., MLIS
9 Chestnut Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 20:37:34 -0500
Subject: [CPI-UA] Canada has powerful new tool to measure lifelong learning

The 2006 Composite Learning Index
CLI Interactive Map: Results by province, region and city
<>  (requires Flash)

Lessons in Learning: Basic English Language Literacy for All Students
<>  (May 12, 2006)

News Release: New poll: Canada not making the grade
<>  (April
27, 2006)

May 15, 2006 ­ Today the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) released an
innovative and powerful tool to inform Canadians about their progress in
learning‹the Composite Learning Index.

While some findings of the learning index paint a discouraging picture of
Canadians¹ overall status as learners, the national organization that
created the index says there is hope for improvement if we rethink our
notion of learning to make it lifelong.

Examining factors that contribute to learning, from youth through to adults,
both in and out of the workplace, the index points clearly to the fact that
Canadians are strong learners when they are in school but don¹t fare as well
once they graduate.

Overall, Canadians get a passing grade‹73 on a scale of 100‹but in some
areas they lag behind. For example, 42% of Canadian adults are considered
not to have the literacy skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based
economy, and only 35% of Canadians are offered on-the-job training. And
that, says CCL president and CEO Paul Cappon, is a problem.

³It is clear from our findings that Canadians do relatively well as learners
throughout the formal education system. But after graduation we collectively
fall short. To be competitive, we need to do better,² says CCL President and
CEO Paul Cappon.

The Composite Learning Index map shows at a glance where Canadians need to
improve their learning, and CCL highlights the value of doing so. By
tackling questions raised by the index, communities can start their progress
toward gaining the benefits of a learning society.

³Learning cannot start and end in the classroom. For Canadians to succeed,
they need to continue learning throughout their lives. Our social cohesion,
our health, our economic growth and our role in the world depend on it. ²

CCL is not alone in making this assertion. Findings of a CCL poll released
in April 2006 revealed that 97% of Canadians agree that lifelong learning is
central to Canada¹s success. However, when shown data about key areas of
learning, survey respondents felt that Canadians were not making the grade
in nine of 11 areas. For example, Canadians think that at least 61% of
employees should participate in job-related courses, whereas currently only
35% of Canadian employees participate in such programs.

The index is both a research tool and a catalyst for change, says CCL¹s
president. ³By connecting the dots between different facets of learning, we
have a much better sense of our strengths and weaknesses,² said Cappon. ³The
Composite Learning Index will help get to the root of why we are falling
short in some of the most critical areas of learning. It will promote a long
overdue, national dialogue on the importance of lifelong learning in

Composed of 15 different learning indicators, the index reflects learning
throughout all phases of life. The index includes, for example, data related
to youth development, post-secondary attainment rates and the availability
of workplace training. These indicators are combined to calculate a Œscore¹
that illustrates the extent to which learning conditions in Canada support
economic and social well-being. The index will enable Canadians to monitor
differences at the community level and assess their progress over time.

Full results of the Composite Learning Index are available through an
interactive map of Canada <> ,
including community-by- community results for Canada¹s 27 major cities.

The Canadian Council on Learning is an independent, not-for-profit
corporation funded through an agreement with Human Resources and Social
Development Canada. Its mandate is to promote and support evidence-based
decision making about learning throughout all stages of life, from early
childhood through to the workplace and beyond.

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For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Everson 
Director, Communications
Canadian Council on Learning
215-50 O¹Connor Ottawa ON K1P 6L2
Tel: 613.786.3230 ext. 207
Cell: 613.222.2879 
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