Routley among MPs arguing for stronger adult literacy program

Nanaimo-Cowichan’s Doug Routley and fellow NDP MPs Sheila Malcolmson and Adam Walker say residents of the Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo and Oceanside will have more opportunities to improve their literacy, math, and and digital through increased funding for community-based adult literacy programs.

“Whether it’s math, English as a second language, computer science or other training, these programs go a long way in preparing people to navigate their daily lives effectively,” said Doug Routley, MPP for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “I am grateful to everyone who helps run these programs and make our communities a more welcoming place to live. »

“Volunteers and staff at Literacy Central Vancouver Island help people every day, whether it’s managing their finances, reading and writing, or applying for jobs,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MPP for Nanaimo. “I’m glad we can support local groups that help people build a caring Nanaimo. »

“Career Center tutors are making a big difference in the lives of Oceanside residents by helping them improve their literacy, math, computer and other skills,” added Parksville MPP Adam Walker. -Qualicum. “When it comes to succeeding in today’s world, everyone deserves a fair chance and this investment will help achieve that goal.”

The following organizations in the region receive funding for their community-based adult literacy programs:

* CVIJOBS – The Career Center (Parksville, Coombs, Qualicum Beach, Errington, Bowser, Nanoose Bay)

* Literacy Central Vancouver Island (region of central Vancouver Island from Ladysmith to Parksville including Gabriola and Snaw-Naw-As First Nation)

* Literacy Now Cowichan (Cowichan Valley)

* Malahat Nation (Malahat Nation and Mill Bay)

These community programs are delivered by trained volunteers and focus on basic literacy, numeracy, life skills and employment readiness, and can be a starting point towards high school completion and/or other studies or training.

The New Democrat government invests $3.4 million annually in community-based adult literacy programs as part of a commitment to giving people the skills and opportunities they need to succeed.

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Ryan H. Bowman