New Page For Adult Literacy

Submitted. The provincial government is providing $22,000 to support Mission’s Community Access to Literacy and Learning program to help adult learners improve their reading and writing skills.

University of the Fraser Valley is partnering with Mission Literacy in Motion on the Community Access to Literacy and Learning.

“Literacy helps people communicate confidently,” said Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission. “Giving people the opportunity to develop their literacy skills is a practical investment that will benefit both the learners and the Mission community.”

“Learning is a lifelong process,” said Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “Literacy is such a valuable skill and programs like this really make a difference in people’s lives.”

The funding is part of the $2.4 million investment by the provincial government into the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP) to support projects in 90 communities this fiscal year. It’s anticipated that 9,000 people throughout B.C. will benefit from the funding.

Through CALP, local groups collaborate with a public post-secondary institution to deliver literacy training, encouraging transitions from community-based programs to post-secondary studies.

CALP projects focus on the individual goals of adults such as improving their literacy and numeracy skills to enhance the quality of their lives, improve their job prospects, further their education and skills training, strengthen their families and increase their involvement in their communities.

Since 2001, the B.C. Liberal government has invested more than $23 million in CALP, helping more than 84,000 adults improve their reading and writing skills.

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