SOURCE: ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada

October 31, 2016 11:50 ET

ABC Life Literacy Canada launches new program to improve digital literacy for adult learners

New Toronto pilot program introduces digital learning to in-need communities

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 31, 2016) - ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce a new program supporting digital literacy for adult learners from in-need communities.

The pilot program, beginning in November, will feature an introductory series of 3-hour facilitated learning sessions. Learning topics will include why the internet matters, how to use the internet safely, basic skills needed, and how to access and grow skills to support life moments (ie. job search, community engagement).

The issue and importance of digital literacy build on the new realities that literacy is more than reading and writing skills. "We are delighted to be launching this new program to support and inspire 21st century literacy and learning for more Canadians," said Mack Rogers, Director, Community Programs for ABC Life Literacy Canada. "Providing adult learners with a safe, supportive environment to acquire and grow their digital literacy skills is essential and built into our exciting community pilot."

The program is made possible by support from Rogers Communications, which has recently expanded its Connected for Success low-cost internet program to help more Canadians with low-incomes get online.

"We're pleased to support ABC Life Literacy Canada's efforts to help people improve their digital skills," said Peter King, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Rogers Communications. "Whether it's connecting with friends and family, accessing government services, or looking for jobs, being able to access and use the internet is a necessity."

Today's announcement is released as Media Literacy Week (October 31-November 4) launches in communities across Canada. To learn more about digital literacy in Canada and this new pilot program, please visit www.abclifeliteracy.ca/digital-literacy for information and resources.

About ABC Life Literacy Canada:

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We mobilize business, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life. For the latest news and information on adult literacy please visit www.abclifeliteracy.ca, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook page.

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