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The NALD presents its Innovative Technology Award to the Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine

Marie-Claire Pitre
National Adult Literacy Database

(The name of the National Adult Literacy Database [NALD] was changed to Copian on September 30, 2013.)


The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) is pleased to announce the recipient of its 2012 Innovative Technology Award.

The Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF), located in Montréal, has won the award for its new website, 9 Compétences Essentielles pour apprendre, travailler et vivre. The online resource documentation centre offers literacy and essential skills practitioners approximately 700 resources, 80% of which are available online. These resources can be used in the classroom as well as for training in the workplace.

This site is the first French website to offer a collection of essential skills resources organized in kits. Each kit contains multi-support documents, interactive animations and videos. The kits are designed primarily for adult educators in such fields as literacy, education and workplace training, but are also suitable for anyone working in adult skills development. Many of the resources can also be used directly by learners.

The result of a collaborative effort, the website serves Canada’s entire francophone literacy community, while meeting the specific needs of each community. As the CDÉACF says, “The vocabulary used was intended to be understood by everyone.”

The website’s content was put together as part of a project spearheaded by the CDÉACF entitled Maîtriser les compétences essentielles pour aller plus loin (mastering the essential skills to move forward). The project involved seven organizations from four provinces and one territory: Alpha TNO; Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA); Fédération de l’alphabétisation du Nouveau-Brunswick (FANB); Formation de base pour le développement de la main d'œuvre (FBDM); Pluri-elles Manitoba; the Table des responsables de l'éducation des adultes et de la formation professionnelle des commissions scolaires francophones du Québec (TRÉAQFP); and Percolab.

CDÉACF has won the award for addressing a gap with respect to French resources in the field and making those resources available through efficient and accessible technology,” said the award selection committee comprised of members of the NALD Board of Directors. “The website will no doubt contribute to the expansion and improvement of French adult education opportunities while supporting digital literacy development.”

The website 9 Compétences Essentielles pour apprendre, travailler et vivre (www) English Hyperlink Notice is funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. For more information, please contact the CDÉACF by phone at 1-866-972-1180, ext. 1202, or by email at

About the award

NALD established the Innovative Technology Award in 2010 to recognize outstanding achievement and bring greater visibility to an exemplary or innovative technology product, project or service that benefits the field of adult literacy and essential skills.