Monday, January 17, 2011

Literacy in focus in Caroline

The Rocky Community Learning Council brought together a number of interested local people to an information/discussion session on literacy at the Church of the Nazarene in Caroline on January 5. In her presentation Literacy Coordinator Pat Warkentin clearly demonstrated a relationship between low levels of literacy and a general lack of well being. And on a scale of 1 - 4, approximately one half of the population of Clearwater County, including Caroline, score at level 2 or below. This is a fairly typical number for the rural prairie regions of Canada. Participants went on to learn about the Rocky Community Learning Council’s current literacy projects which include family literacy, adult tutoring, english language classes and the “Plug Into Learning “ project which is available at Caroline Neighbourhood Place for individuals that are interested. The group went on to explore ways of making learning available to the local community. One challenge is to engage local people. Those who become interested will discover a whole host of new opportunities.

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