Family Literacy Week 2021

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed Family Literacy Week (January 24-31, 2021) in British Columbia. Family Literacy Week is an annual BC campaign that recognizes the importance of family literacy.

This year’s Family Literacy Week theme is “Let’s Be Active.” Active play is any physical activity that includes moderate to vigorous burst of high energy and raises a child’s heart rate. It builds physical, social, emotional, language and thinking skills.

“Active play is an essential part of children’s development. And unstructured play is just as important us organized sports and games.” says Margaret Sutherland, Executive Director of Decoda Literacy Solutions, BC’s provincial literacy organization.

To learn more about Family Literacy Week 2021, find free Family Literacy Week activity sheets to download for families and community programs, find events in your neighbourhood, get involved in the online Photo Contest (#LetsBeActive #FLW2021), go to

Story Time From Space LIVE

Join us for the first Story Time From Space Live reading from the International Space Station!
Read along with astronaut Shannon Walker as we follow the extreme adventures of Willow the Water Bear.

Chat with amazing people during the live stream:
Author: Houston Kidd
Tardigrade scientist: Dr. Thomas Boothby
Astrophysicist: Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
Astronauts: Dr. Bjarni Tryggvason & Dr. Alvin Drew

Date: 26 Jan 2021
Time: 9am Pacific Standard Time (PST) (Burnaby, Vancouver)

Family Literacy Week Photo Contest

Family Literacy Week Photo Contest

The Family Literacy Week Photo Contest will be held throughout Family Literacy Week, January 24 – January 31, 2021.

Enter to win! There will be two random draws – one for an individual prize and one for a class prize.

Rules & Regulations

An Online English Language Group at BNH

Are you interested in research on self-care and mental health?
Are you looking for some social connection with others?
You got it!

Self-Care is an online English Language Group whose topics involve many interesting elements that contribute to mental health, like laughter, nature, exercise, and more! Let’s learn some super useful health information, improve our English, and stay connected with people all at once!

Join us on Zoom every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, starting from January 26th!
Register in advance by emailing

Online EAL Class at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Want to improve your English and have some fun at the same time? No problem!

Get ready to join BNH’s online English class every Tuesday, starting from January 12th!

BNH EAL class is a great way to learn English and practice conversation with others from the comfort of your home.

All learners, newcomers, and refugees are welcome!

Register in advance at

Or visit for more virtual programs!

Research Snippet

Excerpts from the recent issue of Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy (emphasis and hyperlinks added by me):

Asking “when and why the discourse in the field of adult literacy education shifted from the language of human rights and social justice to the language of human capital and workforce development“, Ira Yankwitt from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York answers “the 1990s, neoliberalism […]”.

Stephen Reder from Portland State University argues that “adult literacy education needs to be repositioned within a new framework of lifelong and life-wide learning, a framework in which new policies are formulated, programs are designed and evaluated, and research is funded and carried out. To appreciate how much this suggested framework differs from the neoliberal framework in which adult education is currently embedded, it is worth considering briefly how neoliberalism has gained its foothold in (some would say its stranglehold on) adult education.”

Check out the open access Adult Literacy Education journal on to read more about the “neoliberalism stranglehold” on education.

“To be sure, many students have goals that are consistent with the workforce development agenda, but many other adults needing stronger basic skills have other learning goals and motivations.” Reder goes on.

Scientia gratia scientiae.

Sources quoted:

Reder, Stephen. 2020. “A Lifelong and Life-Wide Framework for Adult Literacy Education.” Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy 2 (1): 48–53.

Yankwitt, Ira. 2020. “Toward a Vision of Movement Building in Adult Literacy Education.” Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy 2 (1): 58–63.

A Quote with Pictures

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”                                                            –Alvin Toffler

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. 2020. Embracing a Culture of Lifelong Learning: Contribution to the Futures of Education Initiative

Text: CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
Picture: Lukas Park

A Quote

Education is not a privilege. Education is a right. Education is peace.
—Malala Yousafzai

In: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. 2020. Embracing a Culture of Lifelong Learning: Contribution to the Futures of Education Initiative