Adult literacy has much to offer

Although Adult Literacy Week in Canada has just ended, Adult Literacy happens all year allowing Canadian adults to embrace lifelong learning and improve their literacy skills.

Literacy is a “use it or lose it” skill. Filling out forms, reading schedules or menus, and understanding instructions are all difficult activities for many adults. Literacy can be learned and with practice you can get better at it; just like you got better at riding a bike.

Thirty-five percent of adult British Columbians are below Level Three literacy. That is the internationally recognized level required to cope within a modern, knowledge-based economy, like Canada.

Bridging to Literacy offers the following free local programs:

– Partner Assisted Learning (PAL) is available to adults ages 19 and older. Five tutors have been trained to work with adult learners to help them become better at reading, writing, and basic math.

– Volunteers are available to help individuals fill out forms and explain information to them on Wednesdays.

Call South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry at 250-453-9695 or Ann Belcham (Literacy Outreach Coordinator) at 250-453-9417 for more information or assistance.

Ann Belcham