RICHMOND – The provincial government is granting nearly $28,000 to School District 38 for the Literacy Richmond Community Adult Literacy Program, to provide residents of Richmond with the literacy skills they need to participate in B.C.’s growing economy.

“Community adult literacy programs deliver training close to home,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “Residents of Richmond will have the opportunity to share in these benefits, thanks to the collaboration between these great local organizations.”

“Strong reading, writing and math skills are the starting point for many adults looking to upgrade their education and secure a good job,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “This grant will help build a brighter future for Richmond families.”

“Our government wants to ensure all British Columbians have the skills they need to find good, family supporting jobs in their communities,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “This includes Richmond, and I encourage local adults to learn more about this helpful program.”

The grant comes from the $2.4 million government has invested in community adult literacy programs in 75 B.C. communities in 2015-16.

Funding is distributed to non-profit community groups to offer free literacy training that is easily accessible in local places such as schools, Aboriginal friendship centres and community centres. The program is tailored to suit the needs of any adult with low-literacy ability, and is delivered by trained volunteers offering one-to-one tutoring or small-group classes.

Community organizations collaborate with a public post-secondary institution in their region. These partnerships encourage the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and/or employment training. School District 38 is collaborating with Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Since 2001, the provincial government has invested more than $25 million in community adult literacy programs, helping approximately 100,000 adults improve their reading, writing and math skills.

For more information about community adult literacy programs, visit: http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/literacy/welcome.htm.