Adult Literacy and Life Skills
Umoja Adult Literacy and Life Skills program equips new immigrants and refugees with the necessary language skills needed to successfully integrate into Canadian society. All newcomers are welcome!
By attending the Adult Literacy and Life Skills program our clients will:
- Build English conversational skills;
- Learn to read basic English and do basic mathematics;
- Gain enough confidence to eventually access LINC or career programs; and
- Learn about and understand life in Canada.
- Increase confidence in listening, reading, speaking and writing in English; accessing community resources and taking care of their family members.
The benefits for clients, organizations and the community are:
- The clients are brought out of isolation and equipped them with the necessary skills to read, write and communicate in English.
- The clients have the opportunity to make friends and relate with people from other countries and different cultures.
- It gives the organization the exposure needed to help immigrants and refugee families from different countries to successfully settle down in Canada.
- The program brings about well-informed members of the community that can easily exercise his/her civic rights and assume a position of responsibility.
- It produces focused and fully-engaged members of the community, having less time for anti-social activities.
This may include amongst others where the Literacy students take part in Life Skills workshops focused on topics such as Finances & Budgeting, Transportation, Parenting and Family Communication. While parents are on-site accessing our programs and resources, childminding is available.
Umoja Literacy and Life Skills Evaluation Report
In the fall of 2019, Umoja commissioned an external evaluation of the Literacy and Life Skills Program to assess the program’s relevance, effectiveness and impact, in order to use findings for learning and improvement. The evaluation took a participatory approach, engaging closely with staff, volunteers and clients. This included an art-based data collection workshop with clients from the program to ask them about their experiences being part of the program and their aspirations for their lives in Canada. This activity provided rich insight into the resilience of our clients and the many ways Umoja is supporting and empowering newcomers to gain a sense of belonging and succeed as active members of the community. The report link below documents the evaluation process, findings and recommendations for improvement. To view, please click the link below.
Program Funded By Oakville Community Foundation