Adult literacy gets boost in Barriere

Adult learners in Barriere and Clearwater will get help to improve their literacy skills

Thompson Rivers University and Yellowhead Community Services Society will receive $9,859.76 this fiscal year to support their adult literacy program.

Adult learners in Barriere and Clearwater will get help to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, and advance their education and career goals thanks to government funding for the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). The  government is providing $2.4 million to support 68 community-based adult literacy projects in 2012-2013, benefitting close to 6,400 British Columbians.

Projects funded under CALP provide instruction and support to adult learners in everything from basic literacy to high school completion.

Projects focus on the individual goals of learners such as improving their literacy skills in order to enhance the quality of their lives, improve their employment opportunities, further their education and increase their involvement in their families and communities.

Most offer one-on-one tutoring by trained volunteers, small group classes and other types of learning tailored to adults, Aboriginal learners, young parents and others in the community in need of support.

“The Community Adult Literacy Program addresses everything from basic literacy to high school completion. It’s helped more than 75,000 adults further their education and job skills, and it’s great to see it continue to help people,” says Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake.

CALP projects are offered in a variety of settings – schools, non-profit organizations, native friendship and community centres – and are supported by volunteers.

The projects are delivered through partnerships between community groups and B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions.

 

In all, government is providing $2.4 million to the Community Adult Literacy Program for 2012-13 to support 68 projects around the province. The program is expected to benefit close to 6,400 British Columbians.