February 2012

Leading practices in literacy & skills identified

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The PEI Literacy Alliance has released an environmental scan of literacy and essential skills programs in PEI.

“PEI has some of the lowest literacy levels in the country. Many adults need literacy and essential skills to participate in the labour market,” says Catherine O’Bryan, Executive Director of the PEI Literacy Alliance. “Affordable and accessible adult programs are needed to address the training needs of Islanders. This scan shows us there are some positive practices taking place and what else can be done.”

The study conducted by The Quaich Inc. looked at 28 programs in PEI to identify leading and promising practices. One leading practice identified was Best Start, a program of CHANCES Family Centre based on criteria developed by the Advisory Committee. Of the nine criteria, three were: partnerships, staff training and evaluation.

Ann Robertson of CHANCES stated that they appreciated the designation as a leading practice and that it was gratifying to be recognized in this way.

In the future, the Alliance wants to further investigate and improve the level of training staff receives for literacy and essential skills.

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