Looking to improve literacy

Raissa Tetanish
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Looking to improve literacy

AMHERST - The satisfaction someone gets by watching themselves progress is just one reason why a local Parrsboro woman is now able to help adults with literacy problems.

For Sheri Bromer, participating in an 11-week tutor training program has enabled her, and nine other women, to be certified with the province to lend a helping hand to those that need it.

"I had some experience in the past tutoring children and university students, so I thought I'd like to work with adults," Bromer said just before receiving her certificate from the Department of Education's Donna MacGillvray, the adult education co-ordinator for the northern region.

"There are a lot of adults who have trouble reading or writing, or both, for all kinds of different reasons.

"It's a difficult thing for adults to ask for help with."

For the past year and a half, Bromer has been looking into tutoring programs but it wasn't up until Jan. that the program was offered in Cumberland County.

"One of our goals with the tutor training program is we hope people will volunteer to help other adults in their community improve their reading," said MacGillvray.

The 10 women receiving their certificates had a wide background variety, including real estate and ministerial.

Liz Cooke-Sumbu, executive director for Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA), says that they do a lot of assessments on their clients and find low literacy rates. She, too, was taking the program.

Since she started taking the course, Bromer says she's had one friend express desire to improve their literacy skills.

"We want to encourage anyone that needs help with their reading and writing to contact CAN-U because help is available," she said.

"We've all been trained to look at the sensitivities to each adult. There are some very intelligent people out there that weren't able to learn the first time around."

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Department of Education

Geographic location: AMHERST, Parrsboro, Cumberland County

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