The Province is investing in community-based programs to help adult learners break barriers they face to building their future.
Basic literacy skills such as strong reading, writing and computer skills give residents in the Northwest the ability to build relationships with others, read for enjoyment, budget and apply for a job.
“Investing in literacy is something we can value together as a society. Funding like this will get tangible, life-changing results for learners in the Northwest,” said Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark.
The programs include one-on-one tutoring or small group training for adult learners. This helps ensure their education is tailored to their individual educational needs. The programs are provided in a variety of locations that are easily accessible for adult learners, including public school libraries, public libraries and community centres.
“Our government is working to provide services that support the success of British Columbians where and when they need them,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “These literacy programs are provided in familiar and easily accessed settings where they feel welcome and at home.”
The community-based programs are delivered in partnership with Northwest Community College. Literacy providers and post-secondary institutions collaborate to support improved learner outcomes and encourage the transition from community programs to post-secondary studies.
“Often people feel left out from everyday life because they don’t have the basic literacy skills that they need to write an email to friends, or fill out a housing application,” said Ken Burt, president of Northwest Community College. “Community-based programs allow adult learners to learn literacy and numeracy skills in a comfortable environment that is familiar to them.”
Twelve community-based adult literacy programs in communities throughout the Northwest are being supported with nearly $300,000 in funding in 2017-18. This funding is part of a total investment of $2.4 million in 2017-18 to support the basic literacy of adult learners in every part of the province.
The government’s support of community-based literacy programs is part of its commitment to connect British Columbians with the education and training they need to thrive. On Aug. 8, 2017, the Province also made Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs in B.C. tuition-free.
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