Lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy work­shop for adults

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

IM­PROV­ING Der­went Val­ley lit­er­acy will be the fo­cus at the New Nor­folk li­brary this Fri­day when adult ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice 26Ten vis­its.

The pro­gram aims to in­crease Tas­ma­nia’s lit­er­acy level of 45 per cent.

“Low lit­er­acy in adults is a huge is­sue in the Der­went Val­ley,” New Nor­folk li­brar­ian and 26Ten rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gail Wil­son said.

“The work­shop will al­low mem­bers of the pub­lic to walk the steps of those who have ex­pe­ri­enced lit­er­acy dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Low lit­er­acy lev­els keep peo­ple from their po­ten­tial. Of­ten peo­ple are fright­ened by ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy which keeps them from pro­gress­ing in the work­force.”

26Ten chair­man Daryl Quil­liam said Val­ley res­i­dents were en­cour­aged to at­tend Fri­day’s event, which kicks off with a morn­ing tea at 11.30am.

“The av­er­age lit­er­acy rates in Tas­ma­ni­ans is less than half, so peo­ple who are con­cerned with their read­ing, writ­ing and spell­ing are not in the mi­nor­ity, they are the ma­jor­ity,” he said. “These peo­ple should come and see what we can do about it.”

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