Give the gift of literacy to adults who missed out
  • Wednesday 17 December 2008

Sunshine Coast libraries are offering free training to residents interested in becoming an adult literacy tutor in the New Year.

The training program will provide participants with skills in helping adults to read and write, cope with everyday numeracy, read a newspaper and fill in forms.

There is also specific training in how to help non-English speaking residents of the Sunshine Coast to navigate their way through daily life, preventing the social isolation caused by language barriers.

Once trained, tutors would be required to work out of Beerwah, Caloundra, Kawana or Maleny libraries.

The Sunshine Coast Council’s Adult Literacy coordinator Mignon Fanton said the work was highly rewarding because many of the students had struggled all their lives due to their inability to read or write.

“Many of the tutors we have trained in past years will tell you how enjoyable this work is because they meet such inspiring and humbling people,” she said.

“I feel very privileged to be able to offer these classes to students who appreciate and benefit so much from the skills we are able to provide them.”

Tutors work one-on-one with students and sometimes in small groups, she said.

The tutor training course, to be run at Kawana Library, starts on 9 February 2009.

It is funded by the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. As a result, it is free to eligible participants, who are issued with a certificate once they complete the course.

For an information pack, telephone 5491 5414 or email mignon.fanton@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au