The Facts Surrounding Low Literacy…
The need for literacy and essential skills training has never been greater. 42% of adults in Canada do not have the minimum literacy skills to cope with everyday life and work.
Of those 42%, the 15% with lowest literacy levels have serious difficulty dealing with any printed material.
Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health and high unemployment.
When our learners improve their literacy skills, their self confidence returns and their job prospects are greater. Improvement in literacy levels has a rippling effect which benefits families, employers, the local economy and society at large.
Listen to What Our Learners Say.
I was 19 years old and needed to graduate from high school. I had taken the GED twice before, but just couldn’t pass the math portion. My mother recommended the Niagara Regional Literacy Council. They helped me find a math tutor. I have since passed and now have my GED. The 1 to 1 individual instruction has helped keep me focused in order to pass. They also found me a tutor to help with essay writing so I could apply to university, and with that help I was accepted into my dream school.
Hey, my name is Jermaine, a student of the Niagara Learning Centre doing my GED with the help of a tutor. I would strongly recommend any student who left high school and didn’t achieve their high school diploma or anyone at all that is studying to achieve their goal of getting their GED. The tutors are great, very dedicated and helpful in helping you reach your goal in getting your GED. I would strongly recommend the Learning Centre to friends, family and everyone around as I can guarantee that if you put in the work and dedication as I did, you will achieve your goal.
When Joe started the program he had problems reading and wasn’t able to write notes or memos at his work. Joe’s tutor introduced him to “Harry Potter”. He read the first book as part of his lessons, discussing the book as he went. When he told his tutor that he had been up very late because “he couldn’t put the book down” she knew that she had just created a “reader”.
Joe also worked to improve his writing skills, so that he would be able to write memos at work, which was an important part of his job. Writing skill is an important part of every lesson. Joe was a counsellor at summer camp last summer, and was able to write a letter to each of the ten children he had supervised, telling them how much he had enjoyed having them in his group. When he checked the letters on his computer at home he was delighted to find that they were perfect with no spelling errors. He has much more confidence now at work, and is able to handle all of the memos, e-mails and reports.
NRLC is funded principally by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development; United Way of Niagara; Delta Bingo; Niagara Community Foundation and donation. We acknowledge with gratitude their support.