Richmond MLAs say adult literacy program will help people build skills to succeed

RICHMOND New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Henry Yao, and Aman Singh say people in Richmond will have more opportunities to improve their literacy, math skills, and digital skills thanks to increased funding for Community Adult Literacy Programs.

“People deserve access to skill-building opportunities, no matter their age or ability,” says Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “Community-based adult literacy programs support newcomers, work-permit holders, and refugee claimants by giving them the tools and resources to thrive in the community and workforce.”

Literacy Richmond is receiving funding for their Community Adult Literacy Program. These community-based programs are offered by trained volunteers and focus on basic literacy, numeracy, life skills and employment preparation, and can be a starting point towards high school completion and further education or training.

“People here in Richmond and across the province have found ways to adapt to the challenges brought by the pandemic, and I am proud of their resiliency,” says Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “Part of our government’s work to strengthen communities means investing in programs like the Community Adult Literacy Program, so we can ensure that no British Columbian is left behind.”

The New Democrat government invests $3.4 million annually for Community Adult Literacy Programs, as part of our commitment to giving people the skills and opportunities they need to succeed.

“These adult literacy programs are designed to support people every step of the way,” says Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “From offering one-one-on tutoring to small-group instruction, people will have the opportunity to improve their literacy, math and digital skills, which will help prepare them for the next phase of their careers.”

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