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Nova Scotia is taking a lead role in developing a Canadian
guideline for economic education.

As part of the Nova Scotia Forum on Literacy, approximately
100 people from across the province are meeting Tuesday in
Halifax to discuss the need for basic economic education in
Nova Scotia and across Canada. The forum will be held at the
World Trade & Convention Centre, Highland Suite.

In recent years the literacy levels of workers have been seen
as increasingly critical to overall economic performance,
according to the International Adult Literacy Survey conducted
last year.

Nova Scotia is the first province to hold consultations on the
"Guideline for Economic Literacy"  produced in partnership with
the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE).

"This demonstration demonstrates out ongoing commitment to
creating a learning culture in Nova Scotia," said Premier John
Savage, "a culture which will continue to support the talents
and abilities of the province's citizens."

He said that to become more confident in making everyday
decisions around money and finance, " we must equip ourselves
with basic economic education that will help us in the
workplace, in the community and the home."

The guideline is part of a six-year initiative called
Economics Canada. Which outlines what Canadians need to know to
make every day economic decisions with confidence and

"Our long term goal is to make Canada the most literate
society in the world in terms of economic understanding," said
Gary Rabbior, president of CFEE. "It is essential to equip all
Canadians with the ability to apply sound economic principles
to decisions and options in their everyday lines."

The provincial government has been actively promoting
literacy, as demonstrated by the introduction of the Community
Learning Initiative, which has resulted in the establishment
of 27 learning networks across the province.

The learning networks represent cultural groups, school
boards, literacy councils, businesses, trade unions, community
colleges, visible minorities, government agencies and
community groups which provide social and human services.
Network members have been invited to share in a panel
discussion that will highlight their innovative ideas with
other participants at the forum.

The forum is being hosted by the Department of Education &
Culture and includes participation by members of various
interest groups from across Nova Scotia.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Background information of CFEE and members of
the panel on Community Learning Initiatives/Community Visions
is available by calling 1-800-670-4357 (toll free) or 424-5200.

Contact: Anne Marie Leger  902-424-4595

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