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UN 2030 Agenda

After more than three years of negotiations and intense involvement from many stakeholders, Member States of the United Nations agreed to a final version of the post-2015 Development Agenda – now known as 2030 Agenda. The new 2030 Agenda is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals with a total of 179 Targets spanning economic, environmental and... Read more »

School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons

Today’s schools are experiencing a great deal of change. Just as the rest of the world’s political, social, economic, and scientific realities have been shifted by swift advances in information and communication technology, so too has education. These forces are altering the way people work, play and learn. Schools are being challenged to harness the unfamiliar yet incredibly fascinating opportunities presented by this transformation… all while... Read more »

The Joy of Reading in Schools

The chair of the NRC, Patsy Aldana, on the alarming decline in students’ enjoyment of reading. The British Columbia government has taken a bold step in promoting the importance of the love of reading among the thousands of children enrolled in that province’s schools. Love of reading? Aren’t our schools supposed to be doing that... Read more »

The Crisis in School Libraries

School libraries foster joy of reading in students. Teacher-librarians help reluctant readers find just the right book, and they shape their library’s collection to reflect their students’ needs and interests. They help the teachers find interesting curriculum materials. They make the school library a vibrant reading centre, and ensure that the school has a reading... Read more »

Children’s Choice Awards

Children’s Choice Awards (CCA) are one of the most effective ways of instilling a love of reading in school-aged children. The distinguishing feature of CCA’s is that children are invited to read from a curated list of nominated books, and then vote for the winner. Schools, libraries and individual families can participate. Some of the... Read more »