NDP MLAs say expanded adult literacy program will help people build essential skills in Langley

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LANGLEY New Democrat MLAs Megan Dykeman and Andrew Mercier say 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.

“Langley’s adult learning programs enrich the lives of newcomer families and other adult learners in Langley providing support, opportunity for connection, improved career opportunities, and better health outcomes,” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley-East.  “Funding for programs such as COOL and Talk with Me, Play with Me, Learn with Me provides essential support and enhances the strength and resiliency of our community.”

The Langley School District Foundation is receiving funding for the following programs:

  • Community One-on-One Learning (COOL)
  • Talk with me, Play with me, Learn with me
“I’m proud that there are so many training and work opportunities for British Columbians, and we want to make sure they’re accessible to everyone” said Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley. “Adult literacy programs can be the first step for people to access life-changing opportunities right here in B.C.”

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/releases/2023PSFS0049-001346