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Posted: January 24, 2021

Celebrate Family Literacy Week virtually

British Columbians are encouraged to read their favourite book, head outside for some fresh air, play their favourite games and connect with family virtually while growing their literacy skills and celebrating Family Literacy Week 2021.

The province is officially proclaiming Jan. 24 to 31, as Family Literacy Week. The theme for Family Literacy Week this year is ‘Let’s Be Active! Move * Play * Learn.’

This year’s theme focuses on the lifelong, wide-ranging benefits of being active. For the past 21 years, the province has proclaimed Jan. 27 as Family Literacy Day. This is the fifth year the province has extended the celebration from one day to more than a week.

“Children’s literacy skills expand and grow much faster when families read, play and learn together,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education. “Family Literacy Week is a great opportunity to focus on dynamic ways to support our youngest learners so they can develop the skills they need to succeed in their school years and beyond.”

“Families have learned to adjust to doing things differently under COVID-19, spending more time together and embracing creativity while learning,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Family Literacy Week is a wonderful time to connect with children, have fun together and read inspiring stories, and these activities help to build a solid foundation in literacy and lifelong learning.”

Family Literacy Day is the largest national family literacy initiative in Canada, created in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada.

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