Literacy PEI Executive Director tells it like it is

“Executive director Amanda Beazley does not mince words in a letter sent to all Atlantic premiers, MPs, senators and media” following news that the Federal Government is cutting core funding to adult literacy programs in that province. Read More

Source: ADULT BASIC EDUCATION IS A BASIC RIGHT

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Literacy Nova Scotia International Literacy Day statement

The Federal Government has expressed a desire to support skills training and digital literacy for Canadians in the face of increased automation and AI, and in the interest of equity as the digital society intensifies. In this latest post from her blog ‘As I was saying’ Brigid Hayes wonders why the Federal Government is cutting funding to the very programs that do this work? Read More

Source: ADULT BASIC EDUCATION IS A BASIC RIGHT

Protecting and rebuilding Canada’s adult literacy resources and collections

I am working on a project that tells the story of NALD/COPIAN and the fate of adult literacy collections in the wake of cuts to national and provincial literacy programs in recent years. This work has brought me into contact with people and organizations who are working to protect these resources from the virtual/actual recycling bin. Read More

Source: ADULT BASIC EDUCATION IS A BASIC RIGHT

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award

HONOURABLE MENTION, receiving $5,000
WISH Drop-in Centre Society, Vancouver BC
Program: WISH Learning Centre

The WISH Learning Centre, which has been in operation for 18 years, offers accessible programming to women involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade. The program spans a range of literacies, including creative activities, numeracy, computer literacy, interpersonal and job-readiness skills. WISH’s programming was developed in response to the results of a series of in-depth research studies into the needs of the particularly vulnerable population it serves. Open access to learning can be an integral part of a woman’s harm reduction strategy to reduce their work in the sex trade. In 2016 the WISH Learning Centre had 24 core learners working with Capilano University faculty to develop a learning plan and work to meet their educational goals.

Atira Property Management’s Social Return on Investment Report

Vancouver, BC – A report produced by Ernst & Young, released today, confirms that hiring people from the Downtown Eastside benefits taxpayers at a rate of more than four to one.

Analysis conducted by Ernst & Young shows that, for every dollar spent to employ a target employee group in 2016, Atira Property Management Inc.(Atira) has realized a social return on investment (SROI) of $4.13, an improvement over Ernst & Young’s 2013 SROI report of $.81. Further, 88% of those hired believe their life circumstances have improved since they started work. Read More

Source: ATIRA