Mayor’s new appointment

Literacy. Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam joins the 26TEN Coalition as chair, with a desire to promote the importance of improving adult literacy.

“It was brought to our attention about three or four years ago that literacy and numeracy were a major issue, especially in the workforce,” Cr Quilliam said.

“Through CHETCC (Circular Head Education and Training Consultative Committee) and things like our Reading Bug Egg (literacy initiative), I’ve seen the positive things that can happen and have happened here.

“I wanted to let the rest of the state know of some of those thing and as a result have an impact statewide, not just in our area.”

Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff last week announced the state government’s 10-year strategy to improve adult literacy as well as appointing six new members to the coalition.

‘26TEN Tasmania: Tasmania’s Strategy for Adult Literacy and Numeracy 2016-2025’ provides a framework to help business, community groups, government, education and training providers and individuals to work together to ensure all adults have the reading, writing, numeracy and communications skills they need for life and work.

The state government has committed $4.5 million to fund the initiative through LINC Tasmania programs for adult learners.

Last financial year more than 2250 adults received individual literacy support from 26TEN tutors through LINC Tasmania, more than 1900 received assistance based on individual learning plans and a further 343 took part in literacy group programs.

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