Helping adults improve literacy skills

VICTORIA – From Vancouver Island to Haida Gwaii, adult learners throughout
the province will get help to improve their literacy and numeracy skills,
thanks to projects funded through the Community Adult Literacy Program.

Government is supporting 72 community adult literacy projects this year –
eight more than last year. This year’s Community Adult Literacy Program
(CALP) is expected to benefit close to 8,000 British Columbians.

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.

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
numeracy skills. This program supports the BC Jobs Plan commitment to
enhancing access to advanced education, skills and apprenticeship training
throughout the province.

The program helps people like Mervin Monks, who has worked in construction
for many years and wants to get a trade certificate in carpentry. A
community literacy program delivered by the Campbell River Literacy
Association gave Monks the help he needed in math to be able to
successfully pass the math assessment test required to enter the carpentry
foundation program at North Island College in Port Alberni.

Projects funded under CALP receive up to $40,000 each to provide
instruction and support to adult learners in everything from basic literacy
to high school completion. 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. Projects focus on the individual goals of learners – such as
improving their literacy skills in order to enhance the quality of their
lives, improving their employment opportunities, furthering their education
and increasing their involvement in their families and communities.

Naomi Yamamoto, Minster of Advanced Education said, “Congratulations and best
of luck to the volunteers, community groups, and post-secondary institutions who are
partnering to provide training and encouragement under this excellent program.”