Literacy Haida Gwaii celebrates international adult learners week

  • Apr. 1, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Submitted by Beng Favreau-April 2 to 9 is International Adult Learners Week. UNESCO started this annual event in 2000 as a way to celebrate adult learners and lifelong learning. Here on Haida Gwaii, Literacy Haida Gwaii has a lot to celebrate. With the help of our volunteer tutors, our community-based programs have supported several adult learners in the areas of reading, math, writing and basic computer skills.Literacy Haida Gwaii offers free one-to-one and group tutoring services for adults who wish to upgrade their learning. We also organize community literary events like family literacy week, writing and storytelling, author visits, and multicultural celebrations in partnership with various local service providers. We spearheaded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a free book program for children under five years old. We are into the second year of running this program, and have seen many families benefitting and adults enjoying reading with their children.”Lifelong learning is not a goal but a reality. Improving essential skills such as reading, numeracy is vital to everyone’s personal success,” says Beng Favreau, community literacy coordinator of Literacy Haida Gwaii. Literacy Haida Gwaii is one of 67 community adult literacy programs across British Columbia funded by the Ministry of Advanced Labour Market Development. These are community-based programs that offer flexible, learner-centred programs in a non-institutional context. For example, Literacy Haida Gwaii offers basic literacy and computer skills programs for any resident of Haida Gwaii and links volunteer tutors to the students who need them. Across BC, literacy programs serve approximately 1,800 core learners each year and an additional 1,450 drop-in learners, who access help for a specific need, such as filling out a job application or understanding a rental agreement. Approximately 1,600 British Columbians volunteer with literacy programs. To find out more about Literacy Haida Gwaii’s services, visit www.literacyhaidagwaii.ca or drop by in person on Tuesdays at Career Development Office in Charlotte or Wednesdays at Career Development in Skidegate.