Literacy and numeracy workshop for adults
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.”