NORTH VANCOUVER – Adult learners in North Vancouver will get help to improve their literacy and numeracy skills thanks to a project funded through the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). An investment of $40,000 will support a project at the John Braithwaite Community Centre.

Quotes:

“As a former school trustee, I know that education and literacy are essential tools to succeed in life. Programs like this improve people’s well-being and increase their opportunities.” – North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite

“Helping adults improve their literacy skills will open doors and increase their opportunities. Funding these programs is a wise investment, both economically and socially.” – North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto

Additional information:

  • 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 2011-12 to support 72 projects around the province – eight more than last year. The program is expected to benefit close to 8,000 British Columbians.
  • Since 2001, government has invested $18.3 million in CALP, helping more than 70,000 adults learn how to read or improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.
  • This program supports the BC Jobs Plan commitment to enhancing access to advanced education, skills and apprenticeship training throughout the province.

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