NDP MLA Henry Yao says expanded adult literacy program will help people build essential skills

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RICHMOND – New Democrat MLA Henry Yao says people looking to improve their skills in reading, writing, math, and digital literacy will benefit from increased access to free adult literacy programs across B.C.

“Our government understands that literacy skills can be a barrier to joining the workforce,” says Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “By investing in literacy programs for adults, we can meet people where they’re at, and support them in their journey to continue their education and learn new skills.”

In Richmond, Literacy Richmond is receiving funding for their Learning Together and Literacy for Life programs.

The B.C. government invests $3.4 million annually to support the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). This funding will support 102 adult literacy programs in 132 communities, supporting over 16,000 people across B.C. This annual investment builds on last year’s 97 programs in 128 communities.

These community-based, adult, family, and Indigenous literacy programs help people gain skills in basic literacy, numeracy, life skills, and employment preparation. The programs are delivered by trained volunteers and include one-on-one-tutoring and small-group classes.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/24162