Community Adult Learning Program

What is literacy?

Literacy is not just about reading and writing. While reading and writing provide the necessary foundation for learning, literacy is fundamentally about an individual’s capacity to put his/her skills to work in shaping the course of his or her own life.

Literacy involves “reading the word and the world” in a variety of contexts.

Individuals need literacy skills to

  • obtain and use information effectively
  • act as informed players
  • manage interactions in a variety of contexts whether making decisions about health care, parenting, managing household finances, engaging in the political process or working

"Alberta's future growth and prosperity depends on the education, skills and entrepreneurial spirit of its people..."

CAPR 2012

Through the Community Adult Learning Program, Alberta Advanced Education provides funding to support the delivery of part-time, nonformal adult foundational learning opportunities in local communities. Presently, 125 organizations in 83 communities across Alberta receive funding through the Community Adult Learning Program.

Organizations funded through the Community Adult Learning Program are well-positioned as points of entry for learning in their communities. In 2012-13, these organizations served nearly 450 different communities as the primary—or often only—local adult learning provider.

As learner access points, these organizations play a vital role in helping learners to navigate the complex network of available supports and services.


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