Literacy Through Community

Literacy is the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts”.(UNESCO)

We are supporting literacy on the Saanich Peninsula through a network of community partners:

  • Through a welcoming literacy network of community representatives who listen to and identify local needs and priorities. We think about, discuss and initiate actions collaboratively to support literacy development.
  • Linking groups and individuals to information, resources, programs, materials (books) and services that are relevant to their needs.
  • Collaborating with groups offering literacy programs and services to build on or enhance offerings.
  • Building awareness of the importance of literacy and life-long learning through Story walks, community events and Little Free Libraries.
The community approach to literacy is based on an understanding that literacy is everyone’s responsibility.

Background

Decoda Literacy Solutions is BC’s literacy organization.  They work with 98 Literacy Outreach Coordinators (LOCs) serving 400 communities across the province.

“The Community Literacy Program is an important model for creating partnerships and broadening community engagement around literacy and learning opportunities in communities.”  – Victor Glickman, Vancouver, BC

Task Group Membership

Task groups are made up of representatives from various community organizations, including: libraries, family resource programs, employment agencies, the business community, the K-12 school system, and literacy organizations.  Together, we identify local literacy needs and priorities, and develop action plans to deliver literacy programs and services that best serve people in their communities.

The Saanich Peninsula Literacy Task Group is comprised of community representatives committed to strengthening life-long literacy. Because literacy is directly linked to the well-being and growth of individuals and communities, task group members recognize the importance of literacy as a community building tool and a strategy for supporting economic, social, health and educational goals.

To support literacy effectively, the Task Group focuses on strategic thinking around gaps, assets and collaborative efforts that will bring about potential solutions.  Some of the questions Task Group members ask include:

• Where are the literacy gaps and opportunities in our community?
• What can we contribute to a possible solution?
• What is the best thing that we can do for people in our community?

Current membership:

Beacon Community ServicesConfederation of University Women’s Club
Greater Victoria Public Library
Peninsula 1000 x 5 Children’s Book Recycling Project
Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC)
Saanich School District (#63)
Sidney / North Saanich Library
Sidney LitFest
Victoria Literacy Connection
District of North Saanich
District of Central Saanich
Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy
Seaside Magazine

Saanich Peninsula Literacy Outreach Coordinator
Shantael Sleight – smsleight@gmail.com

If you would like to become a member of our Task Group, please contact the Literacy Outreach Coordinator.


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