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

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CAMPBELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk 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.

“Offering literacy programs in our local community spaces makes them more accessible to everyone,” says Michele Babchuk, MLA for the North Island.  “Reaching out for help can be scary, but the volunteers and organizers of these programs across the North Island are ready and eager to help students achieve their goals.”

On the North Island, the following community literacy providers are receiving funding:

  • Campbell River Community Literacy Association – Adult Literacy Program, Family Literacy Program
  • Campbell River Community Literacy Association – Homalco Literacy Program
  • Cortes Island Community Foundation – Cortes Island Literacy Program
  • Gold River Literacy Society – The Gold River Literacy Centre Family Learning Program
  • Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society – Mount Waddington Community Adult Literacy 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/29413