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Literacy Lives to help socially excluded

January 7, 2010

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Continuing Studies is launching a two-year project called Literacy Lives to improve the literacy and essential skills of adults living in the Downtown Eastside. Funded with a $765,000 grant from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the program will take a grass-roots approach that creates learning opportunities to fit people’s real lives. It will integrate literacy and skills training into information materials on the area’s critical health concerns such as HIV/AIDS. The overall goal, says Judy Smith, director of SFU’s Community Education program, is to improve employment and community involvement among people who are socially excluded.

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