Literacy Practices Sharing Circle with Dr. Shirley Walters

Shirley Walters directed the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education and the Division for Lifelong Learning over 30 years. She is a feminist and social justice activist working locally and globally. She currently serves as deputy president (Africa) on the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE). Her latest co-edited book (with Astrid von Kotze) is Forging Solidarity: Popular Education at Work 2017 Sense Publishers, Rotterdam.

Join us for an informal learning exchange with Dr. Shirley Walters, Professor Emerita, Adult & Continuing Education, University of Western Cape, South Africa. She will share what’s going on in South Africa in relation to Adult Learning and Education, and she is eager to learn from us about what is going on in the DTES. The discussion will focus around some key themes:

  • What and how do socio-economic factors in the South African context impact literacy?
  • How do literacy workers in South Africa define literacy?
  • How can groups overcome ‘fragmented activism’ to advocate for change and what does that look like in the South African context?

WHEN: Thursday June 8, 3:00- 4:30

WHERE: 612 Main Street

RSVP: (Space is limited)

Vancouver creates Adult Basic Education Day

On Monday the 12h of September Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson made a city statement creating Adult Basic Education Day.

What is Adult Basic Education?

According to the BCFS Campaign website:

“Adult Basic Education (ABE) has been tuition-free in BC since 2007. The provincial government announced a massive $15.9 million funding cut from Adult Basic Education programming in BC and removed the tuition-free ABE mandate. This short-sighted plan will hurt our economy and fuel inequality.”

ABE is high school courses that are taken by students at higher education schools. These courses have a high proportion of returning mature students, Aboriginal people, and single parents compared to other programs. These programs have been free in the past, including when the BC Liberals took off the fees that used to exist.

DTES Literacy Roundtable Community Consultation Workshop


DTES Literacy Roundtable Community Consultation Workshop on Mar 20 2015

In the DTES Literacy Roundtable Community Consultation, we discussed ways folks currently access information, where were the gaps, and what was required  to connect people and the agencies which support them to access and disseminate timely and appropriate information. This built on what we learned about our recent Downtown Eastside Digital Access Forum.

Check more here!