More than 5,000 hours of small group literacy instruction were provided to women at the Regent Park Learning Centre last year.417 Gerrard Street East, 2nd Floor
Imagine not being able to read your child’s homework, use a bank machine or work with a computer. Living in today’s world requires literacy, numeracy and basic technological skills, yet there are many adults whose lives and future well-being are severely limited by their inability to read or manage the basic arithmetic they encounter day to day. Reading, writing, math and computer skills are all necessary skills for furthering educational goals or finding employment; literacy builds confidence and self-esteem.
Dixon Hall’s Regent Park Learning Centre is a valuable educational resource in the heart of downtown east Toronto, that gives adults a chance to take control of their lives through literacy skills development and computer training. The Centre’s goal is to teach the basic skills that will help learners participate more fully in their communities, set and attain goals of higher education (e.g. GED, Adult Academic Upgrading, etc), develop skills that will allow them to live more productive lives and equip them with the resources, tools and the skills to access fundamental services, regardless of age or circumstance.
The Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program provides daily small group instruction in a supportive setting and offers a curriculum based on individually established learning goals. The Computer Literacy Class (CLC) provides computer access and skills development to both youth and adults so that they can improve or develop their keyboarding skills, learn various software operations (Microsoft Word and Excel), surf the Internet or use an email account.
Parents participating in the literacy programs can learn with ease of mind, knowing that free, reliable childcare is available on-site. While parents are acquiring new skills, the children, too, can learn and grow by participating in creative and fun activities. Pre-school children can play together, improving their language, social and problem-solving skills, and an after-school drop-in program is available for the older children.
To contact the Regent Park Learning Centre:
417 Gerrard Street East, 2nd Floor
Literacy and Basic Skills for Women: 416-363-3920
Computer Literacy Class: 416-363-7026
Ava Jones, Manager