The Province is investing in a community-based adult literacy program in Burnaby to ensure adult learners have the writing, reading, math and computer skills they need to write a resume, get involved in their communities and pursue further education.
“Basic literacy is a set of tools that we often take for granted. It’s hard to imagine how isolating it must be for some of our citizens who might have a tough time helping their kids with homework, applying for jobs, or connecting with their neighbours,” said Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark. “We want to empower those adults to take this opportunity to learn skills that will build a path to a brighter future and transform their lives and the lives of their loved ones.”
In partnership with Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby Neighbourhood House is receiving $30,000 in funding to provide the Burnaby Community Adult Literacy program as part of a total investment of $2.4 million in 2017-18 to support 89 basic literacy adult learning programs in every part of the province.
All funded 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.
“We’re providing adult learning literacy close to their home, in a friendly environment and based in their community,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “The goal is to remove barriers that might hold back Burnaby citizens from reaching their full potential and possibly pursuing further education.”
All community-based programs are delivered in partnership with public post-secondary institutions. Literacy providers and post-secondary institutions collaborate to support improved learner outcomes and encourage the transition from community programs to post-secondary studies.
“Literacy and numeracy skills are key to personal and economic success,” said SFU president Andrew Petter. “As Canada's engaged university, SFU is pleased to partner with the Burnaby Neighbourhood House to provide programming to equip adult learners with these essential skills and empower them to pursue future educational and employment opportunities.”
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.