Welcome to the Literacy Council of Durham Region!
‘The Literacy Council of Durham Region is a charitable non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to increasing adult literacy in the Durham Region guided by the principle Each One Teach One.’
This philosophy encourages volunteer tutors to identify the learners’ needs and design learning activities to meet their individual goals. Our focus is to enable our local communities to help adult learners to achieve all of the learning goals in a supportive manner by recognizing people’s unique abilities. This collaborative approach is critical to our success and the success of the learners who are involved with the Council.
A Brief History of the Literacy Council of Durham Region
The Council has been operating in Durham since 1980. Over the years the Council has slowly increased in size and has made strong links in the community to help meet the needs of adults who strive to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills. The Council is a learner centred program that is committed to helping learners achieve their stated outcomes and goals.
In 1993 the Literacy Council of Durham became a member agency of the United Way of Ajax-Pickering-Uxbridge to support literacy in those Durham communities. The United Way’s donations have allowed us to continue our work in our local communities. Other funding is received from the Ministry for Training, Colleges and Universities, which is the main government body responsible for funding adult basic skills training and literacy programs in the province of Ontario.
The Council has worked with over 710 learners and delivered 56, 409 hours of direct literacy instruction since 2005. The majority of these learners were assessed at Literacy and Basic Skills level 1, which means they would be unable to read and write for simple daily tasks. The Council has succeeded in helping these individuals improve their skills and reach their goals. With a waiting list of learners and a continued need for volunteers, the Council continues to strive to make community connections and raise its profile to meet the need of the 22% of Durham residents who have severe difficulty with literacy skills.