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Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury Declared a Learning City

Released Wednesday, May 23, 2012

At the May 15, 2012 City Council meeting, Mayor Matichuk and City Council unanimously passed a motion making lifelong learning a priority for the community by declaring Greater Sudbury a Learning City. 
 
The motion recognizes the need for Greater Sudbury to develop a culture of learning as the foundation for competing in the global economy and for building a skilled and resilient workforce to strengthen our community. It also recognizes our city’s strengths in providing a variety of excellent education options from early childhood learning to post-secondary education.
 
“Today’s jobs require highly literate workers – not just the ability to read and write well but skills such as problem solving, decision making, critical thinking and learning new skills,” Vicki Jacobs, chair of the Learning City Initiative, said.  "Education is the key to helping ensure that everyone in Greater Sudbury has the opportunity to participate fully in society and the economy."
 
In Greater Sudbury, 49 per cent of our population has literacy skills below Level Three, which is the internationally-accepted level required to cope in a modern society; this means that of the 74,000 workers in Greater Sudbury, 37,000 have literacy skills below the level required by their occupations.
 
“Greater Sudbury’s economic development strategic plan Digging Deeper calls for Sudbury to become a leader in advanced education, research and innovation. To reach that goal, the stated purpose of the Learning City Initiative is to mobilize the community to increase the levels of participation, completion and achievement in each stage of lifelong learning across Greater Sudbury,” Meredith Armstrong, Manager of Tourism and Culture for the City of Greater Sudbury said.  “Given the scope of this project, we are very pleased to have the full support of Mayor Matichuk and City Council.”            

The Greater Sudbury Learning City Initiative is comprised of nearly 20 different community organizations and is supported by staff of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation.
 
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Media contact:
 
Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications
City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455 ext. 2539
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