Decoda Literacy Solutions, B.C.’s provincial literacy organization, will be receiving a $1 million grant from the B.C. Government. The grant will support the organization’s literacy outreach programs in communities throughout the province.
Education Minister Don McRae made the announcement at a Decoda conference in Vancouver on literacy and essential skills in the B.C. job market.
“I believe strongly in the work they are doing and I’m very pleased that we were able to provide this grant so that Decoda can continue its important literacy outreach programs in every region of the province,” McRae said.
Following this announcement, Decoda Literacy Solutions has received a total of $2.5 million in grants from the Ministry of Education in 2012 – 2013. The $2.5 million includes $500,000 provided in September for the Raise-A-Reader campaign.
The grants will be used to further support 102 community literacy task groups across the province. These community groups make a significant contribution to the development of individual and family literacy skills through the delivery and co-ordination of literacy programs. Some of the many services that these groups provide include employment readiness programs and essential job skills training.
Decoda Literacy Solutions formed in 2011 after Literacy B.C. merged with the literacy department of 2010 Legacies Now.
Quick Facts about funding for literacy in B.C.:
– Since 2001, the B.C. Government has invested more than $1.5 billion in literacy and literacy-related initiatives for the province. Funding for literacy in B.C. has included:
- $20.7 million for the Community Adult Literacy Program
- $54.5 million for StrongStart B.C. programs
- $24 million for Ready, Set, Learn since 2004 – 2005
- $25 million for innovation grants to improve literacy for students who struggle with these skills
- $6.5 million for literacy programs in public libraries
– In addition to the $2.5 million in funding grants from the Ministry of Education for 2012 – 2013, Decoda has also received funding (totalling $665,442) from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and $130,000 in grants from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.
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