Government provides $1 million for literacy outreach

VANCOUVER – The B.C. government is providing Decoda Literacy
Solutions with a $1 million grant to support the organization’s
literacy outreach programs in communities throughout British
Columbia.

Education Minister Don McRae made the announcement today at a Decoda
conference in Vancouver on literacy and essential skills in the B.C.
labour market.

The $1 million in funding brings total grant funding to Decoda to
$2.5 million from the Ministry of Education in 2012-13. This includes
$500,000 provided in September for the Raise-A-Reader campaign.

The funds will be used to further support 102 community literacy task
groups in B.C. These community organizations make an important
contribution to the development of individual and family literacy
skills through the delivery and co-ordination of literacy programs.
The services many of these groups provide include employment
readiness programs and essential job skills training.

Decoda Literacy Solutions is B.C.’s provincial literacy organization.
In 2011, Literacy BC merged with the literacy department of 2010
Legacies Now to become Decoda Literacy Solutions. Decoda supports
literacy and learning in communities throughout B.C.