Adult literacy course changes people’s lives forever
  • Tuesday 02 December 2014

Imagine for a moment what it would be like if you couldn’t read or write.

You wouldn’t be able to read a recipe, help with your children’s homework or fill out a form to obtain your license. These are things that we take for granted. They are also examples of the difficulties participants who attend the Adult Literacy Program face every day.

In the lead up to this year’s Sunshine Coast Council’s adult literacy end of year graduation celebration, Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Libraries had been delivering to the community a nationally accredited Adult Literacy training program for the past 15 years.

“The Adult Literacy Program helps adults improve their practical literacy, numeracy and digital skills so they can participate independently in the community,” Cr McKay said.

“This inspirational program receives seven calls on average every week from people wanting to improve their literacy, wanting to join English Conversation Classes or willing to volunteer as a tutor trainer.

“When you hear the stories of these individuals you can’t help but feel inspired by their determination to succeed and change their lives forever.

“And while each and every one of them has their own personal reasons for enrolling they all are driven by the same goal – to enhance their conversational, reading, writing and numeracy skills.

“I congratulate every participant on their achievements – they are truly remarkable people.”

One of those participants keen to tell her story is Agarta Butterworth from Montville.

Agarta said she was born in Papua New Guinea and enrolled in the Sunshine Coast Libraries Adult Literacy class in May 2014.

“I have a daughter and son and I was unable to read them a story or help them with their homework,” she said.

“The class has taught me to read, write and pronounce English words.

“I really liked the tutors and meeting new people and getting to know them. It gave me a lot of confidence and I am really happy as I can help my children with their homework.

“I would like to thank the tutors for all their help and making the learning environment fun. It was being part of the same caring, happy family. I would encourage anyone who would like to improve their literacy to take the brave step like I did and change your life forever too.”

Contact details to find out more visit council’s library website or call 5475 8989.