A national TV show, one Ministerial and two Vice Regal visits, a festival launch and a panel!
26TEN had events all over the state in July and August and was named as an effective program on national TV.
Insight into literacy on SBS with Jenny Brockie
SBS Insight highlighted the everyday challenges faced by Australians who have low literacy and numeracy. In a recent show titled ‘Reading between the lines” they noted that even though 44% of Australian adults have gaps in their literacy and numeracy they remain largely hidden to the people who confidently read, write, do maths and communicate. 26TEN assisted the SBS Team with information and put them in contact with 26TEN grant recipients, Houston’s Farm.
26TEN was mentioned as being an effective program on the episode. The show focused on the stories of people with low literacy and numeracy and the difficulties they have doing everyday things like getting a job, reading contracts and knowing what dose of medicine to give their sick child.
Jenny Brockie, SBS - Insight
Jade Paul and Tony Baker from Houston’s Farm spoke about the success of the 26TEN program in lifting literacy and numeracy. It has been beneficial both for the individuals involved and the company. Listen to Jade's story here
The show is well worth watching if you want to understand more about adult literacy in Australia: www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/tvepisode/reading-between-lines
Minister for Education visits Break O’Day to launch 26TEN Community
The Minister for Education, Jeremy Rockliff, visited St Helens to launch the Break O’Day 26TEN Community in July. The Community has a 26TEN grant and will focus on building literacy and numeracy skills and a more resilient community.
The Minister met with learners, volunteers, mentors and service providers. He was told that strong local partnerships including the Break O’Day Council, LINC Tasmania’s Literacy Service, Neighbourhood House, District High School and service clubs of St Helens have formed a group known as THRIVE: Transforming Health Relationships Innovation Vocation Education. This group aims to empower Break O’ Day people to lead meaningful lives and create successful futures.
for communities and employers open 19 September 2016.
Minister for Education, Jeremy Rockliff, launches Break O’Day 26TEN Community
The Governor visits a range of 26TEN programs
The Governor of Tasmania, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, and Mr Warner visited Houston’s Farm to find out how their 26TEN grant has made a difference for employees and the company. They met people who are building their reading, writing, maths and communications skills.They also heard how Houston’s is rewriting standard operating procedures in plain English.
Jade Paul, a team leader in the processing factory, talked about how literacy and numeracy support from his employer has helped him both at work and at home. Anthony Houston, a Director and member of the Board talked about how improving skills benefits both the employees and employer.
The Governor and Mr Warner also visited Glenorchy LINC to see how 26TEN works with LINC Tasmania to boost literacy and numeracy. They met Mark who is using software with his tutor to improve his reading. They also joined English conversations groups with learners from Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, West African countries and Afghanistan. The Governor and Mr Warner said that they now have stories they can take on their visits to other places around Tasmania to let people know about 26TEN and LINC Tasmania’s programs.
26TEN grant recipient - Houston's Farm - Cambridge, Tasmania
Festival of Learning in Devonport.
26TEN is a major sponsor of the first Festival of Learning being held in Devonport this month. Malcolm Wells, 26TEN Coalition member, was a guest speaker at the launch. Malcolm said that the 26TEN Coalition and the Devonport community, with their Live and Learn Strategy, share an understanding of the need for all of us to work together to support life-long learning, so we can meet the demands of modern life.
The Festival is a celebration of lifelong learning and people are invited to ‘have a go’ at any of the 35 events on offer.
26TEN is holding two free events. The first is the 26TEN adult literacy awareness workshop that explains the impact of low literacy on our community and talks about what we can all do to help. It's being held at Devonport LINC on 13 September 2016.
The second event is a free plain English workshop to be held at the Spreyton Bowls Club on Monday 26 Septemper. You can learn how to make written information easier to understand and take along your own documents to work on.
For more information on both events visit: www.devonport.tas.gov.au/Events-Activities/Festival-of-Learning. Remember, if you would like to host a free workshop email 26TEN: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Week panel: becoming Australia's healthiest population
Sue Costello, Manager 26TEN, was on a panel discussing the topic “What will it take for Tasmania to become Australia's healthiest population by 2025". It was held in Launceston by the University of Tasmania last month as part of Research Week. Adult literacy was discussed as a key component of preventative health. Improving people’s skills in reading, writing and maths means they are able to better look after their health. Dr Norman Swan, presenter of the health report on Radio National, facilitated the panel and said the research is clear that a well-educated society is a healthier society.