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Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! This year, Decoda is participating in #GivingTuesday by using donations to provide The Westcoast Reader to literacy programs that do not already receive it. Click here for details.

Take Control of Your Finances

The theme for this last week of Financial Literacy Month is Take control of your finances. The key messages are: It’s never too early or too late to increase your financial understanding, no matter your age or financial situation. Taking control of your finances means taking the time to stop, think, and review your financial… Read more

Benefits of Unstructured Play

Unstructured play, sometimes called free play, allows children the freedom to explore, create and discover without predetermined rules or guidelines. Children choose what to do and how to do it. And, learning happens! The Canadian Public Health Association has created some resources around unstructured play. Here are two of the infographics on the benefits and… Read more

Eliminating Violence Against Women

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The 2018 theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo and like previous years, the date marks the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2018, International Human Rights Day. Did you know that 1 in 3 women and… Read more

Canada History Week

This week is Canada History Week! This year’s theme is Science, Creativity and Innovation: Our Canadian Story, highlighting historic achievements by Canadians in the fields of medicine, science, technology, engineering and math. Historica Canada has created a digital magazine for Canada History Week. This interactive publication provides snapshots of Canadian accomplishments with links to more… Read more

World Children’s Day

Today is World Children’s Day! It’s a day to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights. Celebrate by wearing blue today. And watch for global landmarks going blue.   Click here to sign the petition asking world leaders to commit to doing more to fulfill child rights.

Financial Literacy for Children

It’s the fourth week of Financial Literacy Month and the theme is Start good habits early. Financial literacy is an essential life skill and children can start learning about money when they’re young. Lessons in managing money can be embedded in family activities. Shopping, planning a trip or going to the bank are opportunities to… Read more

Screen Sense

What role should screen media play in the life of very young children? Screen Sense, a new resource series from Zero to Three, helps answer that question. Screen Sense: What the Research Says About the Impact of Media on Children Aged 0-3 Years Old  summarizes the recent research. (Read the Executive Summary here.) The research… Read more

Right To Education

Education is a fundamental human right. UNESCO has launched a digital campaign, #RightToEducation, which runs until December 18, 2018. This campaign explores the significance of the right to education and the challenges to making that right a reality to everyone. UNESCO has produced a series of videos, animations, visuals, interviews and stories to support this… Read more

Diabetes and Literacy

Today is World Diabetes Day. Literacy is an important factor in learning to manage personal health, including diabetes. The Diabetes Essential Skills Kit (DESK) is designed to help health practitioners and literacy practitioners work together with patients and learners to develop skills to help them manage pre-diabetes and diabetes. The kit consists of two online… Read more