Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, said a funding boost from the province to the local adult literacy program will help people gain skills in reading, writing, math and digital literacy. (File photo)

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.

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