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More access to literacy programs for adult learners throughout B.C.

by ahnationtalk on September 9, 201922 Views

Sept. 9, 2019

VANCOUVER – Adults in British Columbia will be able to develop stronger reading, writing and math skills in more than 80 local communities with an investment in Community Adult Literacy Programming (CALP).

“Our government is investing in programs that break down barriers to empower people to be more active members in their communities,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “We know that it’s critically important for people to have literacy and numeracy skills to complete simple daily tasks like cooking, attending medical appointments and applying for work. I applaud these community organizations that are the unsung heroes that open doors and create pathways for all British Columbians.”

Mark was joined by literacy partners at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and Shane Simpson, MLA for Vancouver-Hastings, as she announced $2.4 million to be shared among 94 community adult literacy programs that are run by 69 different service providers.

Post-secondary institutions work with community literacy providers to connect adult learners with the skills they need to build a strong future for themselves, their families and their community. These partnerships support improved learning outcomes and encourage people to transition from community programs to post-secondary studies.

“The partnership between post-secondary institutions and literacy providers, supported by provincial funding like this, brings valuable adult education into communities throughout B.C.,” said Jocelyne Hamel, executive director of Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House. “Literacy opens doors for skill and career-development and employment options, and enriches the lives of individuals and families, allowing them to fully participate in their community.”

Programming includes a variety of learning opportunities, including one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction, and supports all levels of literacy from basic to high school completion level. For many adult learners, literacy programs are an important first step in an educational journey to post-secondary studies.

The government’s support of community-based literacy programs is part of its commitment to connect people with the education and training they need to succeed. On Aug. 8, 2017, the Province made adult upgrading and English language learning programs in B.C. tuition-free.

Quotes:

Shane Simpson, MLA for Vancouver-Hastings –

“These adult literacy programs are helping British Columbians get the skills they need to achieve their educational goals and participate fully in society. Strong literacy skills are essential for those people looking to upgrade their education, and through this funding adult learners all over B.C. will gain essential skills and the confidence to pursue their interests.”

William Booth, Downtown Eastside literacy roundtable –

“Reading, writing and numeracy skills, in addition to digital literacy, are all tools that can open up opportunities for adult learners. These tools give people the ability to be more involved with their families and within their communities, helping to eliminate social exclusion. We are grateful for the Province’s continued funding of community adult literacy programming and family literacy initiatives.”

Quick Facts:

  • Grants of up to $30,000 per program are awarded to community adult literacy organizations to deliver Indigenous, adult and family literacy programs. These community programs help British Columbians develop stronger reading, writing and math skills.
  • Most programs offer one-on-one tutoring or small-group classes delivered by trained volunteers and are delivered in a variety of settings, such as schools, non-profit organizations and Indigenous friendship and community centres.
  • The difference between adult literacy and Adult Basic Education programs is that the community literacy programs are informal and non-credit literacy and numeracy, life skills and employment preparation programs delivered in the community so students feel at home and more comfortable. Quite often they precede the pursuit of adult upgrading programs.
  • More than 700,000 British Columbians are estimated to have significant literacy challenges. 45% of adults in B.C. have some difficulty with daily living tasks due to limited literacy skills. Literacy challenges can include difficulty understanding newspapers, reading health information and following instruction manuals.
  • 52% of adults in B.C. have difficulty in accomplishing some daily living tasks due to limited numeracy skills. Numeracy challenges can include difficulty calculating interest on a car loan, using information on a graph or calculating medicine dosage.

A backgrounder follows.

Contacts:

Tasha Schollen
Director of Communications
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 889-1121

Jenny Van Enckevort
Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House
jvanenckevort@mpnh.org
604 879-8208, ext. 102


BACKGROUNDER

More access to literacy programs for adult learners throughout B.C.

Recipients that will benefit from the $2.4 million in funding for community adult and family literacy programs include:

Camosun College

  • Learning Together – Salt Spring Island Literacy Society
  • Adult Literacy in Greater Victoria – Victoria Literacy Connections (formerly known as Literacy Victoria)

Capilano University

  • Lower Lonsdale Literacy Outreach Program – North Shore Neighbourhood House (North Vancouver)
  • Queen Mary Family Learning Program – St. John Evangelist Anglican Church (North Vancouver)
  • Remote Aboriginal Communities Access to Learning – Southern Stl’atl’imx Health Society (Mount Currie)
  • Community Adult Literacy and Learning – Sechelt Public Library
  • Squamish Community Adult Literacy Program – Squamish Volunteer Centre Society
  • Carnegie Literacy Inreach/Outreach Program – Carnegie Community Centre (Vancouver)
  • East Vancouver Family Literacy – Kiwassa Neighborhood House
  • Hastings Park Learning Centre – Horsemens’ Benevolent and Protective Association of B.C. (Vancouver)
  • Strathcona Family Literacy Program – Strathcona Community Centre (Vancouver)
  • Sea to Sky Faces Family Learning Program – Sea to Sky Community Services (Whistler)
  • Whistler Community Learning Program – Whistler Public Library

Coast Mountain College

  • Literacy Haida Gwaii
  • Literacy on Wheels CALP/Learners Opportunity Group Society (Hazelton)
  • Storytellers’ Foundation/The Learning Shop (Hazelton)
  • Community Family Literacy Program – Houston Link to Learning Society
  • Community Adult Literacy Program – Houston Link to Learning Society
  • Kitimat Adult Literacy Program/Kitimat Community Services Society
  • Gitxaala Adult Literacy Program – Gitxaala Nation (Kitkatla)
  • Community Adult Literacy Program/North Coast Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (Prince Rupert)
  • Cultural Learning Connections – Adult – Change Makers Education Society (Prince Rupert)
  • Raven Tale Revival Program – Indigenous – Change Makers Education Society (Prince Rupert)
  • Community Learning Services/Smithers Community Services Association

College of New Caledonia

  • Power of Words – Burns Lake Public Library (Burns Lake/Mackenzie)
  • Literacy Support McLeod Lake – McLeod Lake Indian Band (Mackenzie)
  • Literacy Support – AiMHi (Mackenzie)
  • McBride Community Literacy Outreach Program – Robson Valley Community Services (McBride)
  • McBride Indigenous Learning Literacy Program – Robson Valley Community Services (McBride)
  • Learning Circle Indigenous Literacy Program – Prince George Native Friendship Centre
  • Indigenous Adult Literacy Program – Literacy Quesnel Society
  • Adults Building Literacy and Education – Literacy Quesnel Society
  • Valemount Community Lit Outreach Program – Robson Valley Community Services
  • Valemount Indigenous Learning Literacy Program – Robson Valley Community Services
  • Family Literacy in Valemount – Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
  • Valemount Community Adult Literacy Program – Valemount Learning Society

College of the Rockies

  • Adult Literacy Programs in the East Kootenay – Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Golden, Windermere Valley, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Elk Valley)
  • Family Literacy Programs in the East Kootenay – Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Golden, Windermere Valley, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Elk Valley)
  • Young Parents Education Programs – Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Cranbrook)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

  • Literacy Richmond CALP – Richmond Public Library
  • Partners Adult Literacy Tutoring – Read Surrey White Rock Society
  • Learn with a Friend – Progressive Intercultural Community Services (Surrey)
  • Read-y for Life: Pathways – DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society (Surrey)
  • Community 1-on-1 Langley Literacy for Adults – Encompass Support Services Society (Langley)

North Island College

  • Community Adult & Family Literacy Program – Bella Coola Valley Learning Society
  • Adult Literacy Program – Campbell River Community Literacy Association
  • Family Learning Program – Campbell River Community Literacy Association
  • Indigenous Learning and Skills Program, Homalco Nation – Campbell River Community Literacy Association
  • Comox Valley Adult Literacy Program – Comox Valley Community Adult Literacy and Learning Society (Courtney)
  • Comox Valley Family Literacy Program – Comox Valley Community Adult Literacy and Learning Society (Courtney)
  • Alberni Valley Adult Literacy Program – Literacy Alberni Society (Port Alberni)

Northern Lights College

  • Chetwynd Community Adult Literacy Program – Chetwynd Public Library
  • CALP Dawson Creek – Dawson Creek Literacy Society
  • Adult Literacy Program – Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society
  • Family Literacy Program – Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society
  • Fort St. John Adult Literacy Program – Fort St. John Literacy Society
  • Fort St. John Family Literacy Program – Fort St. John Literacy Society
  • Tumbler Ridge Adult Literacy Program – Tumbler Ridge Public Library

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

  • Skeetchestn Community Literacy and Numeracy – Skeetchestn Indian Band (Savona, Skeetchestn)

Okanagan College

  • Project Literacy Employment Focused Tutoring Program – Project Literacy Kelowna Society
  • South Okanagan Community Literacy Program – Okanagan Regional Library (Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls)
  • Revelstoke Family Literacy Program – Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
  • Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program – Revelstoke Literacy Action Committee

Selkirk College

  • West Kootenay Family CALP – Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan Valley, Greater Trail)
  • West Kootenay Adult CALP – Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan Valley, Greater Trail)

Simon Fraser University

  • Burnaby CALP – Burnaby Neighbourhood House Society

Thompson Rivers University

  • Partner Assisted Learning, Barriere – Yellowhead Community Services Society
  • Partner Assisted Learning, Clearwater – Yellowhead Community Services Society
  • Street School CALP – Twin Rivers Education Centre, School District 73 (Kamloops)
  • Kamloops Partner Assisted Learning – Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Lillooet Adult Literacy Outreach Program – Lillooet Area Library Association
  • Reaching Learners, 100 Mile House & Canim Lake Bands – Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society
  • Families as Learning Leaders, 100 Mile House & Canim Lake Bands – Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society
  • Partner Assisted Learning – Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society (100 Mile House)
  • Families as Learning Leaders – Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society (Williams Lake)
  • Urban Indigenous Engagement Program – Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society (Williams Lake)
  • Partner Assisted Learning Program (Adult) – Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society (Williams Lake)

University of the Fraser Valley

  • Community Access to Literacy and Learning – Agassiz-Harrison Community Services (Agassiz and Abbotsford)
  • Access 2 English – Abbotsford Community Services
  • Volunteer Tutor Program – Chilliwack Learning Society
  • Chilliwack Family Literacy Program – Chilliwack Community Services
  • Read Right Society CALP – Read Right Society (Hope)
  • Lifelong Learning for Adults – Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Literacy Committee
  • CALP Mission – Mission Literacy in Motion

Vancouver Community College

  • Coast Clubhouse Career Literacy – Coast Mental Health Clubhouse (Vancouver)
  • Family Literacy Outreach – Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (Vancouver)

Vancouver Island University

  • Pathways to Learning – Literacy Now Cowichan Society (Duncan)
  • Malahat Way Adult Literacy Program – Malahat First Nations (Mill Bay)
  • Adult Literacy Tutoring/Literacy Central Vancouver Island (Nanaimo)
  • Family Literacy Tutoring/Literacy Central Vancouver Island (Nanaimo)
  • Indigenous Literacy Tutoring/Literacy Central Vancouver Island (Nanaimo)
  • The Tutoring Program/Central Vancouver Island Jobs Opportunities Building Society – The Career Centre (Parksville)
  • Community Adult Literacy and Learning – Powell River Employment Program Society (Powell River)
  • Community Literacy and Learning – Family – Powell River Employment Program Society (Powell River)

Contacts:

Tasha Schollen
Director of Communications
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 889-1121

Jenny Van Enckevort
Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House
jvanenckevort@mpnh.org
604 879-8208, ext. 102

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