Literacy is a human right, and an important tool for personal and community development. Those who have difficulty with reading and writing face many social and systemic barriers and more likely than others to be poor, unemployed, or underemployed.
According to Statistics Canada, over 40% of all Canadians need help with literacy. Approximately 38% of Canadians have trouble dealing with simple reading tasks. In fact, almost 35% of Canadians over the age of 65 did not complete elementary school. At Parkdale Project Read learners come from diverse cultural backgrounds, many are marginalized in low-income housing, and are coping with the physical and mental health consequences of violence, discrimination and chronic poverty.
Parkdale Project Read takes a ‘learner-centered’ approach to teaching, developing lesson plans according to the specific interests and needs of learners, working from the basis of lived experience and knowledge, and focusing on literacy from a critical perspective and as a tool for community building.
At Parkdale Project Read, literacy is about the whole learner—not just reading and writing. It is about building confidence, self-esteem, the ability to name and articulate emotions so that learners can assert their rights and needs. We are committed to supporting adults to realize their learning goals in a safe, positive, and supportive learning environment.