NDP MLA Katrina Chen says expanded adult literacy program will help people build essential skills

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BURNABY – New Democrat MLA Katrina Chen 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.

“Having basic literacy for things like banking, reading and understanding paperwork, and staying in touch with your neighbours are skills that many people take for granted,” says Katrina Chen, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed. “To ensure more people have the skills they need to thrive, we’re continuing to invest in adult literacy programs here in Burnaby.”

In Burnaby, Burnaby Neighbourhood House Society is receiving funding for its Burnaby Community Adult Literature Program.

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