Tuesday January 10, 2012
BC Gov't News
Liberals Plug Funding Holes
adult literacy programs get portions of cash infusion
Released Maqrc Wang, BC Gov't Caucus
learners around Chilliwack and the eastern Fraser Valley will get
help to improve their literacy and numeracy skills thanks to funding
through the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). An investment
of $176,282 will support five projects in communities around the
region for 2012.
"This funding will greatly
support B.C.'s jobs plan by providing training that helps adults
adapt to the growing demands of a changing workplace," said
Chilliwack MLA John Les in a news release Tuesday.
Why this matters
Projects funded under
CALP provide instruction and support to adult learners in
everything from basic literacy to high school completion.
Projects focus on the
individual goals of learners such as improving their literacy
skills in order to enhance the quality of their lives, improve
their employment opportunities, further their education and
increase their involvement in their families and communities.
Most offer one-on-one
tutoring by trained volunteers, small group classes and other
types of learning tailored to adults, Aboriginal learners, young
parents and others in the community in need of support.
CALP projects are
offered in a variety of settings - schools, non-profit
organizations, native friendship and community centres - and are
supported by volunteers.
The projects are
delivered through partnerships between community groups and
B.C.'s public post-secondary institutions.
In all, government is
providing $2.4 million to the Community Adult Literacy Program
for 2011-12 to support 72 projects around the province - eight
more than last year. The program is expected to benefit close to
8,000 British Columbians.
Since 2001, government
has invested $18.3 million in CALP, helping more than 70,000
adults learn how to read or improve their reading, writing and
This program supports
the BC Jobs Plan commitment to enhancing access to advanced
education, skills and apprenticeship training throughout the
Projects being funded:
Programs (Central Gateway Family Literacy and Families in
Chilliwack Community Services
(Community Access to Literacy & Learning)
Chilliwack Learning Community Services
Literacy and Numeracy Initiative
Seabird Island Education
Since 2001, the Province
has invested about $1.4 billion in literacy and literacy-related
initiatives for British Columbia. Funding for literacy in B.C. has
$18.3 million for the
Community Adult Literacy Program
$43 million for
StrongStart BC programs
$24 million for Ready,
Set Learn since 2004-05
$25 million for
innovation grants to improve literacy for students who struggle
with these skills
For more information on the BC Jobs Plan:
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