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Tutor Learning Connections co-ordinator LaVera Schiele is seen in the organization’s downtown office, in the Prince Albert Multicultural Council building on Central Avenue.
Proving popular enough to have resulted in a waiting list, a local literacy program is putting a call out for more tutors.
Tutor Learner Connections plans on celebrating its one-year anniversary next month by hosting a tutor training session, setting themselves up to help even more people, co-ordinator LaVera Schiele said.
“The organization started up one year ago to create a strong tutor program in our community, and we’ve done that,” she said. “We’ve made some really good connections so now we’re lucky. We just get to do some matchmaking in terms of tutors and learners.”
In its first year, Tutor Learner Connections helped 36 learners, of whom four reached their end-goal, be it passing a particular test or reaching a certain literacy level.
“But there are many goals along the way,” Schiele said. “One might be that they have better English skills … For some that can be lower level math skills, reading, writing, vocabulary -- just talking and communicating in English -- a very wide range.”
In its first year, the organization has managed to accumulate 30 tutors who dedicate one hour per week toward helping a learner.
Most of them meet at the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, though they’re free to meet wherever they feel comfortable, Schiele said.
Although Schiele notes that they have a “really good crew of tutors right now,” a waiting list of learners signals that more tutors are needed.
Both parties learn a great deal from one another, Schiele said, relaying the story of one pair who bonded over discussions about the learner’s home country.
“Before long, they had to remember that their hour was up and that they had to stop their session,” she said.
Although their office is located in the Prince Albert Multicultural Council building and a number of their learners aren’t native English speakers, many learners are from Canada but haven’t benefitted from adequate schooling, Schiele explained.
A two-day tutor training session has been scheduled to take place next month, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 23.
The point of the training is “to give the tutors the confidence and the tools that they will need to be able to work with learners,” Schiele said.
Those interested in tutoring can contact Tutor Learner Connections by phone at 922-6852 or by email at email@example.com.
Tutor Learning Connections is a project of the Prince Albert Literacy Network, and is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.