Laubach Literacy New Brunswick

(Moncton, New Brunswick – April 5, 2013) – Despite the province’s record of having some of the lowest adult literacy levels in the country, a New Brunswick non-profit organization continues to struggle to recruit adults who could benefit greatly from its free, confidential literacy training.

 

“It’s frustrating because we know from research and from individual stories that New Brunswickers who upgrade their skills have so many positive changes in their lives, everything from a sense of personal achievement to better employment opportunities,” says Deanna Allen, Executive Director of Laubach Literacy New Brunswick. “We know it’s not always easy to make that first step but people should know that it will change their lives for the better in many, many ways.”

 

International Adult Learners’ Week – which begins tomorrow and runs until April 13 – is the perfect time for New Brunswickers to take upgrade their reading, writing and math skills, says Allen.

 

“Whether it’s because you want to improve your work situation, read to your grandchildren, build your self-confidence or just get more out of your life, this is a great week to give us a call,” she says. “Just do it!”

 

Laubach Literacy New Brunswick has literacy councils around the province made up of volunteers who help adults 16 and over improve their literacy skills through a free, confidential program. Trained tutors work one-to-one with learners, supporting various learning styles and cultural diversity. In teaching, tutors use resources that are relevant to the literacy levels and daily lives of learners.

 

Last year, fewer than 300 New Brunswickers took part in the free Laubach Literacy programs. Allen said she would love to see that number double or triple this year, especially considering a 2003 study showed that more than half of working-age New Brunswickers have literacy skills below the level needed to cope with the demands of everyday life and work.

 

“People resist returning to adult education or literacy programs for many reasons, sometimes because they’ve had a bad experience at school or because they feel they’re too old to learn,” she said. “We are working hard to change those ideas. Those who have gone through our program will tell you you’re never too old to learn and that our tutors are awesome, caring individuals who want to help improve lives. It is definitely worth making the call!”

 

For more information about the free program offered by Laubach Literacy New Brunswick, call (506) 384-6371 or 1-877-633-8899 or visit www.llnb.ca.

 

Media Contact:

Deanna Allen

Executive Director

Laubach Literacy New Brunswick

(506) 384-6371 (office); (506) 863-8559 (cell)

laubachliteracynb@nb.aibn.com