07 Apr Congratulations 45 years changing lives
Read Write Now is celebrating its forty-fifth anniversary of supporting people in Western Australia who need a more informal pathway to improving their literacy. Incredibly, there are about 650 volunteer tutors who work one-on-one with learners in informal settings such as a private space in a local library or community centre. The free weekly hour and a half session is spent on individual learning programs developed jointly by the tutor and student to meet the goals of the adult student. Tutors rebuild the confidence of the student in their ability to learn and help them to overcome the shame they often feel.
The Read Write Now program began in the 1970s to assist TAFE apprentice mechanics with written tests. It has since expanded to provide invaluable student-centred literacy programs for a diverse range of mainly English-speaking background students.
The Program has received continuous funding from the West Australian state government, currently through the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development. It also receives in kind sponsorship from North Metropolitan (NM) TAFE.
There will be many celebration activities. Check out the Read Write Now website and Facebook page for further details.