Learning for Life: Charting the Future through Literacy and Numeracy

Frequently Asked Questions

Literacy and Numeracy Strategy / Summit

Manitoba is developing a cradle to career literacy and numeracy strategy. The following FAQs address this strategy and the Learning for Life: Literacy and Numeracy Summit, which will take place January 9 to 11, 2018, at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Why a cradle to career literacy and numeracy strategy?
  • Manitoba is committed to becoming the “most improved” province in literacy and numeracy. To achieve this goal, we need a literacy and numeracy strategy.
  • Literacy and numeracy are key foundations of learning. Data from provincial and external sources indicate a need for improvement generally, and gaps in achievement that must be addressed.
  • The provincial strategy is about creating a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy for all Manitobans. Today, as the world around us is changing, the basics are evolving and encompass more than the traditional “letters and numbers.”  We need a strategy that prepares Manitobans for the complexities of modern society, which requires high levels of literacy and numeracy and additional skills, abilities and competencies for success now and in the future. 
How will the literacy and numeracy strategy be developed?
  • Literacy and numeracy are complex and dynamic processes that build on prior knowledge, language, culture, and experiences.The strategy will need to reflect the complexity of the process and the diversity of Manitobans using a whole systems approach.
  • For this reason, Manitobans are invited to co-develop the strategy through the Learning for Life: Literacy and Numeracy Summit.
What is a Literacy / Numeracy Summit? What will happen at the Summit? Are there speakers and presentations?
  • The Literacy and Numeracy Summit is a three-day collaborative process whereby participants will actively co-develop a cradle to careers provincial literacy and numeracy strategy.
  • Throughout the three days, participants work together with other cross-sectoral stakeholders to:
    • reflect on the key events and trends affecting the current state of literacy and numeracy in Manitoba
    • identify what is currently being done and the gaps that continue to exist
    • develop shared goals and concrete action plans across sectors.
  • Please note, this is a working session.There are no scheduled keynote speakers or presenters during the Summit.
Who should attend the Summit?
  • Every Manitoban 18 years of age and up is invited to participate. The only criterion: you want to be a part of co-developing a literacy and numeracy strategy and are committing the time (three days) to do so.
  • We want people with diverse perspectives to inform this process, including community members (e.g. parents, caregivers, elders, volunteers), front-line providers (e.g. early childhood educators, K–12 educators, recreation and homework program facilitators, employment trainers, public health nurses), policy analysts, leaders/ executives, and elected officials.
  • We want participants from across the province including urban, rural and northern regions. We want people spanning the diversity of the province including Francophone, Indigenous, and newcomers. We want people from various sectors including education, health, justice, families, and economic development including the business community.
  • In sum, we want you!
What is expected of Summit participants?
  • The Summit is a working session and requires active participation from participants across all three days.  
  • For that reason, participants must check-in on site by 5:00 p.m., January 9, 2018 and participants are encouraged to stay for the whole Summit.
I’m interested in participating, but I’m not sure if I know enough to contribute?
  • Your perspective and knowledge is valued. You bring a unique set of knowledge and experience.
  • Bringing diverse perspectives and voices together enables us to co-create a whole picture of how we can take action and improve outcomes; ways we may not have envisaged otherwise.
What is the registration deadline?
  • January 2, 2018.
Can I follow the Summit on social media?
  • Yes, follow us at #mblearning4life and #mbappourlavie
What happens after the Summit?
  • Material developed during the Summit will be rolled up into a provincial Literacy and Numeracy Strategy to be presented to the Minister of Education and Training.
How can I support this event?
  • Individuals can support this event by attending and adding their voice to the conversation. Organizations can support this event by supporting their employees and members to attend through a variety of ways including, but not limited to: providing release time, supporting travel and accommodations and by engaging themselves.
Is there financial support to attend this event?
  • If participants are in need of financial support to attend the summit, there is a nominal travel subsidy available determined by a pre-established formula based on one’s primary geographic region in relation to the convention centre. Please note, receipt of the travel subsidy is dependent on the participant’s full attendance of the three days of the summit as well as the completion and submission of a travel expense form which will be provided to participants at the registration table at the event.

Attending the Summit

We respectfully request that participants refrain from wearing scented products.

Do I need to bring anything?
  • Yes, participants are asked to bring an electronic or printed copy of their Eventbrite ticket obtained during online registration. 
Is there a registration fee?
  • No, registration is free.
Is parking included with my registration?
  • Parking is not included. Parking information can be found at: http://www.wcc.mb.ca/venue/parking/.
  • Where possible, we encourage participants to carpool and use public transit.
Where do I enter the RBC Convention Centre?
  • Enter through the north building (York Avenue). Registration is in the south side mezzanine. Greeters and ushers will be there to greet you.
Are accessibility supports available?
  • Yes, we are committed to providing an accessible event.  Please indicate the accommodations you require when you register online. Information about the event is available in alternate formats upon request.
Can I participate in French?
  • Yes, please indicate your preferred language of participation when you register online.
Are meals provided?
  • Yes, all meals and snacks are provided. Please indicate dietary restrictions during online registration on Eventbrite.
Will there be coat check?
  • Yes, a complimentary coat check is available in the north building at the RBC Convention Centre. Participants are encouraged to use the coat check.
Whom can I contact for more information?

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