You can let us know the personal qualities, skills and interests you want to bring to your work with us. We’ll describe our programs and services, and indicate where we need your help the most.
We’ll ask you for your contact information and when and where you are free to volunteer.
Many volunteers choose to become tutors. Volunteer tutors work with individual learners from 1 to 5 hours a week. Our volunteer tutor program is one of the most essential services offered through ACALA. If you wish to be a volunteer tutor, we’ll ask you what experience you have had teaching adults and whether you have received any training. We will ask you to tell us whether or not you would like us to train you on any specific skill or topic.
For example, if you would like to tutor a learner who is learning to read, write or perform simple math operations, we would show you how to teach basic literacy and numeracy skills to another adult.
However, our learners represent a diversity of skill and formal education levels. To the best of our ability, we would match you with a learner with whom you can work comfortably. We would take into consideration your subject preferences and time constraints.
Many individuals realize the importance of promoting literacy within Nova Scotia. If you want to help us provide individual learners with the means to overcome their barriers to participation in an appropriate course of study, we will accept financial donations. Any donations will also be used to create a more effective outreach to individual learners who are isolated or who are living in rural areas where there are no educational services available.
Last year, the Social Justice Committee from St. James United Church in Antigonish created the Antigonish Gift Book Project. Individuals were able to make a donation to ACALA and receive a tax receipt. We have a Charitable Tax Number. Karen Case, a board member, worked with other board volunteers to instigate our First Annual Fit-4-Lit Walk/Run. Proceeds from this event, enabled us to provide adult upgrading, family learning and English as a Second Language programs throughout the summer. The Fit-4-Lit Walk/Run is now an annual fundraiser which will take place in early spring every year.
Reasons why your donation is so important:
The Atlantic ministers of education and training announced on September 25, 2009 the release of a regional plan to address literacy rates in Atlantic Canada entitled, Literacy: Key to Learning and Path to Prosperity – An Action Plan for Atlantic Canada 2009-2014.
Literacy is not a static skill set, and societal changes continue to impact the level of literacy skills required by individuals. Literacy skills are developed throughout a lifetime, a continuum of learning that we all participate in, from early childhood, through public education to adulthood. Development of these skills should be seen as a natural function of lifelong learning.
In adulthood, weak literacy skills can have a profound impact on people’s lives. Individuals’ accounts of the challenges they face are plentiful: parents unable to read to their children; adults struggling to read and understand instructions on prescription labels; workers finding it difficult to adapt to change because they have difficulty reading instruction manuals or health and safety instructions. Too many people face these challenges on a day-to-day basis.
This action plan embraces four major themes related to adult and workplace literacy that will contribute to the development of a highly skilled labour force and position Atlantic Canada to prosper within the knowledge economy. These encompass raising awareness of the socio-economic benefits of improving literacy and essential skills and to encourage employers and industry groups to value literacy and essential skills programs; eliminating barriers to learning opportunities and assure relevance and value to the learner; increasing professional standards, knowledge and skills in teaching/facilitating adult literacy and essential skills; and improving the quality and effectiveness of adult literacy and essential skills delivery.
Studies have clearly linked literacy levels and individual, societal and economic prosperity. Raising literacy levels is therefore imperative to ensure the future prospects of the Atlantic region and its citizens. In doing so, the region must strive for excellence in its preparation of young children for learning, its education of school-age children, and in providing relevant, diverse learning opportunities for adults