ERIC Number: ED240294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Volunteers in Adult Literacy Programs.
Waite, Peter A.
Large numbers of trained volunteers working in community-based settings are needed if adult literacy programs are to be successful. In addition, adult literacy programs must work in partnership with other community organizations. Particularly necessary are formal linkage agreements with nontraditional organizations such as service and fraternal organizations; community action agencies; and religious, cooperative, and political organizations that address the establishment of literacy programs and deal with issues of funding, public relations, and human resources. In order to reduce significantly the extent of adult illiteracy in the United States, program planners must make volunteerism a national priority and must direct funding at the continuation and expansion of proven pilot programs that serve the client. Furthermore, those communities having the greatest need for adult literacy programs must be targeted and given priority. Rather than spending money on more national conferences and studies of adult learning, planners should initiate local community conferences that would be concerned primarily with the development of local programs. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Community Education, Community Programs, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Linking Agents, Literacy Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Adult Literacy Project
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Literacy Conference (Washington, DC, January 19-20, 1984). For other conference papers, see CE 038 126-139.