Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

September 06, 2005 11:00 ET

Correctional Service Celebrates International Literacy Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 6, 2005) - International Literacy Day is being celebrated worldwide on September 8, 2005. To commemorate the occasion, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is hosting a number of events in order to highlight the importance of its accredited education programs.

Staff and offenders in CSC institutions across the country are participating in a variety of activities, such as reading and writing competitions, to promote literacy and measure the achievements and progress of participating offenders.

"CSC is committed to building a learning culture that will stimulate, guide and promote educational development," says Commissioner of Corrections Lucie McClung. "As we continue to make literacy training a priority, offenders are better prepared for safe reintegration in the community as law-abiding Canadians."

Upon entry into the correctional system, research shows that more than 60% of offenders function below high school entrance levels and 90% function below high school completion levels. The inability to read and write makes daily life difficult and correctional programming less productive. It is clear, therefore, that education is essential for offenders, with many setting a goal to obtain high school equivalency or simply improve employment skills.

CSC's education programs promote literacy and other basic essential skills to ensure that correctional programs meet the needs of offenders and promote successful reintegration. After all, without basic literacy skills, it would be difficult for offenders to understand the content of other programming and, ultimately, the world in which they live. Of the offenders who have completed the grade 10 education program, CSC has seen a 21% reduction in re-admissions to the federal correctional system.

CSC provides accredited educational programs for offenders and it also partners with community organizations in giving back to the community initiatives with respect to literacy programs.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.csc-scc.gc.ca and is automatically delivered to CSC list-serv subscribers)

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada, NHQ/Ottawa
    Guy Campeau
    (613) 947-3372
    or
    Correctional Service of Canada, Moncton
    Denis D'Amour - ATLANTIC
    (506) 851-2833
    or
    Correctional Service of Canada, Laval
    Brigitte Gosselin - QUEBEC
    (450) 967-3305
    or
    Correctional Service of Canada, Kingston
    Holly Knowles - ONTARIO
    (613) 545-8210
    or
    Correctional Service of Canada, Abbotsford
    Dennis Finlay - PACIFIC
    (604) 870-2680
    or
    Correctional Service of Canada, Saskatoon
    Cathy Stocki - PRAIRIE
    (306) 975-5082