International Women’s Day – March 8th

International Women’s Day – March 8th

International Women’s Day – March 8th

Date posted: March 6, 2014

International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a time to celebrate women’s social, economic and political achievements. It’s also a time to reflect on areas for further action. The theme for this year is Inspiring Change.

Here is a sample of books in the library on women making achievements in literacy:

Changing paths: a literacy and life skills program for women in conflict with the law.

Dream soup … and life stew: a collection of learning materials for women on the street.
This publication describes the WISH Learning Centre, a drop-in program aimed at female sex-trade workers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and its activities. Activities include: role plays, crafts, beauty tips/self care, reading, writing and math games. Includes worksheets and detailed materials lists for use in learner group activities.

Empowering women through literacy: views from experience.
This collection of articles, written by practitioners working in women’s literacy, includes essays on personal reflections and evidence-based practice, descriptions of different types of learning environments that support women’s literacy, and explorations of innovative curriculum.

Making connections: literacy and EAL curriculum from a feminist perspective.
A clear and practical guide for addressing issues of women learners. The materials are presented in a learner-centred approach.

More than it seems: household work and lifelong learning.
Drawing on a large study of household work conducted in Canada, this book looks at household work, including carework, as a source of lifelong learning. It documents the skills and knowledge required to do household work, and looks at how people learn to do the tasks involved in caring for people and homes. It includes experiences of immigrants, Aboriginal women, people with disabilities, nannies, and people who provide and receive care.

Our stories, ourselves: the emBODYment of women’s learning in literacy.

“This volume presents the writings of 26 contributors – teachers, students, administrators, social workers, and agents of change each one – who examine the rich terrain of personal and professional experiences related to whole person engagement in learning and teaching.” – back cover.

Spotlight on change: an essential skills upgrading program for women over 40.
The program outlined in this curriculum helps each participant better understand herself, including her skills, goals and community as they relate to finding work. A training program for women seeking employment. Designed to help participants increase Essential Skills and confidence so they can build employability skills. Written for facilitators, outlines learning progressions, and includes women-centred activities and hands-on worksheets for participants. Field tested in Ontario and British Columbia.

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