Cowichan Literacy Program Keeps Learners Growing and Adapts Program During COVID-19 

WEB Size Video call stock.jpg A chance to learn: Cowichan literacy program shifts programs to keeps learners growing. 

Literacy programs across central and northern Vancouver Island remain focused on teaching adult learners new skills, like reading, numeracy and financial literacy while sticking to pandemic restrictions. 

But for many of them, COVID-19 has meant it was time for the tutors to learn something new. 

Distance learning has become the norm, and organizations like Literacy Now Cowichan have worked hard to pivot to offering their services virtually. 

With the help of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, the program was able to adapt its one-on-one lessons to Zoom and Skype appointments. For those without the technology for a lesson via video, or who were uncomfortable with providing that view into their home, the program was arranged to function via emails, phone calls and online messaging services. 

Tutors were taught this new way of teaching, and learning has continued for the program’s participants. 

For some of them, the availability of virtual lessons was ideal.  

One of the program’s new learners, a mother, would not have been able to attend in-person classes, as childcare was too difficult to find and too expensive. But now she can learn virtually from the comfort of her own home while her child sleeps. 

Others are using the pandemic as an opportunity to grow their skills and increase their literacy so that they are better able to apply for jobs as they become available. 

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is committed to supporting effective programs like this one as they adapt to the new norm and continue to provide services to you and your neighbours. 

Consider donating to United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island today, and lift up your community.