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127 Balsam Road
ATIKOKAN, Ont., P0T lC0
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FREDERICTON, N.B. E3B 2Y9
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Apprentissage de la Lecture aux Adultes
A group of French tutors, Moncton, N.B.
"READ, ENJOY AND DISCOVER" MOTTO
OF AREA LTTERACY COUNCIL
North Bay Nugget,
By BRENDA BURKE Nugget Staff Reporter A new source of hope
for the estimated 5,000 illiterate adults in the North Bay area arose from a
seminar at Canadore College this weekend.
More than 40 tutors, trained in teaching adults to read on
a one- to-one basis, formed the North - Bay and Area Literacy Council, with its
motto Read, Enjoy and Discover (READ).
The council will be the first Northern Ontario chapter of
the National Affiliation for Literacy Advance, (NALA). Founded in 1968, the
volunteer organization is established in 34 cities across Canada. .
A 10-hour workshop with an emphasis on tutoring basic
reading and writing was completed by members of the North Bay Council Saturday
and Sunday. The session was conducted by Karen Dahmer, Almyra Namaro and Donna
Robinson of the Hamilton and Brantford NALA locals.
Canadore's Department of Adult Training, which initiated
the project, has agreed to support the new association with administrative
assistance for at least six months.
The method to be used by the tutors was developed by Dr.
Frank C. Laubach in the Philliplnes during the 1930s. It has proven successful!
In 105 countries and 313 languages.
Canadore's three target populations in North Bay include:
non-reading adults referred by government agencies; mentally retarded people
living in group homes; and any other illiterate adult who may not be able, or
may not desire, to attend regular classes.
It has been estimated that about five million Canadians 16
years of age and older are unable to adequately read, write or speak English.
Many cannot read at all.
Dr. Laubach was concerned that illiterate adults are
missing out on far more than the simple enjoyment of reading. "The real
tragedy," he said, "is that they have no voice in public affairs, they never
vote, they are never represented in any conference.
"They are the silent victims, the forgotten men, driven
like animals, mutely submitting in every age before and since the pyramids were
built. It is a human weakness not to become aware of suffering unless we hear a
The executive of the North Bay Council was installed
Sunday following the workshop. Kaye Montgomery was named president, Iva Lindsay
vice- president and Carol Hansman recording secretary,