Literacy Waitakere is celebrating 40 years of providing literacy and numeracy tuition to adults in West Auckland. Originally named WEA Adult Literacy, the organisation grew out of the literacy tuition provided, among other education services, by the Workers Educational Association, which was formed in New Zealand in 1914, with the idea that so-called ordinary working people should have access to the kind of learning that was available to those privileged to be able to study full time.
Literacy Waitakere extends that to support New Zealanders who do not have the literacy or numeracy skills to meet their goals, and live the lives they want to live. Literacy and Numeracy are much more of an issue in this country than most people realise. The article below makes thought-provoking reading:
Literacy Waitakere has 35 specialist tutors, with specific training in the field, and reaches around 300 learners a year, aged from 16 to those in their 80s.
Here is a link to the speech given by John Proctor, the chair of our governing body Te Roopu Matua, at our celebration lunch on September 6th 2017:40th Birthday Speech