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.