"Teacher-On-Wheels" was founded about two years ago as an attempt to tackle the very serious adult illiteracy problem in the St. John's area and across the Province. The idea was to have "teachers' available to go to peoples' homes to help them improve their reading and writing. For the past several months, TOW has been sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Adult Education and funded by Canada Manpower under a Local Initiatives Project grant. Fourteen "teachers" were on call to adults anywhere in the St. John's area.
The funding from Canada Manpower, however, expired at the end of June, To insure that this valuable service should continue to be available, and even expanded, efforts have been made to reorganize. A "call for volunteers" was issued. To date more than 90 people have indicated their interest in volunteering their services to help adults to learn to read and write. A number of meetings have been held. On June 28, a meeting of all volunteers was called and it was decided to set up a new group of Volunteer Teachers-an-Wheels. Training of volunteers was to be conducted during the summer ready for September availability.
An important feature of the new group is that it includes members from outside St. John's. This means that the service can be extended to other communities across the Province within the next few months.
The new "Teachers-On-Wheels" is now established with its elected officers, and it has been decided to maintain affiliation with the Association for Adult Education.