Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

BC Gov't News

Literacy for Life

Agassiz-Harrison groups get huge cash boost

Released by the Gov't of BC Caucus/Voice file photo


wo local adult literacy projects in Chilliwack-Hope are receiving over $63,000 from the provincial government to help learners improve their reading and writing skills.

• Agassiz-Harrison Community Services - $31,984.00
• Read Right Society - $31,630

“Agassiz-Harrison Community Services utilizes the CALP funding to deliver the Community Access to Literacy and Learning (C.A.L.L.) program which aims to improve adult and family literacy skills including reading, writing, listening, speaking, numeracy, computer or other technical skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to self-advocate,” said executive director Laura Midan. “These skills make it possible for individuals to function successfully within our community on a daily basis.”


"Literacy is a fundamental life skill that is often overlooked, yet effects everything we do: education, employment, driving, ordering at a restaurant, paying bills," said Read Right Society executive director Jodi McBride. "We are thankful for and excited to continue serving Hope with adult literacy programs. Our community has a high need for free literacy services, and this funding allows us to continue meeting people's needs and improving the quality of life."


“The ability to read and write can hardly be underestimated as a life skill,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness. “So much of our everyday life is dependent on our ability to function with technology, and the inability to read or write is a tremendous disadvantage.” 


The Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), an initiative that distributes funding to not-for-profit community groups to offer free literacy training that is easily accessible in local schools, native friendship and community centres.


Both projects are being delivered in collaboration with the University of the Fraser Valley. These partnerships encourage the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and employment training.


Projects are tailored to suit the needs of young parents, Aboriginal learners, and other adults in the community, and are delivered by trained volunteers offering one-to-one tutoring or small group classes.


This year approximately $2.4 million is being distributed towards 83 CALP projects in 90 communities throughout B.C. It is expected 9,000 adult learners will be helped through the projects.


Since 2001, the provincial government has invested more than $25 million in CALP, helping more than 93,000 adults improve their reading and writing skills.


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