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Burnaby social service agency bolsters literacy program with provincial funding

“Community literacy programs give people the skills they need to thrive in the workplace and in the community.”

A major social service agency in Burnaby has been selected to receive provincial funding to continue its literacy program.

Today (July 26), Burnaby Neighborhood House was unveiled as one of 66 non-profits as part of a $3.4 million annual investment through the Community Literacy Program adults 2022-2023.

The province says adult community programs are designed to help British Columbians, newcomers, work permit holders and asylum seekers improve their reading, math and numeracy skills, and build on the $2.9 million invested in 2021-2022.

“The continued financial support of the Burnaby Community Adult Literacy Program has been essential in accessing adult literacy support in our city. This included reading and writing, numeracy, and financial and digital learning,” said Antonia Beck, CEO of Burnaby Neighborhood House.

“We work closely with our partners at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby School District and Burnaby Public Library to recruit and train tutors who are paired with learners and provide an option for a flexible learning environment and without obstacles. difference in the world to help so many achieve their life and work goals. »

Literacy programs typically include one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction, which support all levels of literacy.

Programs are delivered by trained volunteers and focus on basic literacy, numeracy, life skills and job readiness.

“Community literacy programs give people the skills to thrive in the workplace and in the community,” Katrina Chen, MP for Burnaby-Lougheed, said in a separate statement. statement.

“These programs are not only designed to empower people in the next phase of their careers, but also to build their confidence and help them support their children in learning.”

Funding expected to support nearly 100 programs in 128 BC communities

In 2020-21, Community Adult Literacy Programs served over 3,200 learners.