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Cowichan Valley organizations benefit from increased funding for Community Adult Literacy Programs

Two local groups each recieved $32,252

Two Cowichan Valley programs have received funding for community adult literacy programs.

Literacy Now Cowichan’s Pathways to Learning program and Malahat Nation’s Malahat Way Adult Literacy program each received a share of a $282,016 pot aimed at helping people build skills to succeed.

Each of the groups got $35,252 toward their efforts.

“Whether it’s math, ESL, computer or other training, these programs go a long way to set people up to navigate their day to day lives effectively,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “I am grateful for all of the people that help run these programs and make our communities a more welcoming place to live.”

According to a media backgrounder, the provincial government is investing $3.4 million annually for community adult literacy programs designed to help those new to the province, work permit holders and refugees improve their reading, writing, math, and digital skills.

“These community-based programs are offered by trained volunteers and focus on basic literacy, numeracy, life skills and employment preparation, and can be a starting point towards high school completion and/or further education or training,” said the backgrounder.

Sarah Simpson

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I started my time with Black Press Media as an intern, before joining the Citizen in the summer of 2004.
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