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

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SMITHERS – New Democrat MLA Nathan Cullen 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.

“As an advocate for adult literacy programs, I’m thrilled with this funding for programs in Gitanyow and Smithers. These programs can, and will, change lives for the better,” says Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. “From literacy, numeracy, and digital skills, many people across northern B.C. will have greater opportunities to participate in society thanks to this funding.”

In Stikine, the following community literacy providers are receiving funding:

  • Smithers Community Services Association – Community Learning Services
  • Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office – Gitanyow 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