ERIC Number: ED355414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy in Corrections: What's Happening?
Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg. Literacy Office.
In the past several years, almost all provincial and federal correctional institutions in Canada have established literacy programming. Current programming is organized in three potential combinations: peer tutoring, tutoring by community volunteers, and paid staff. Each strand has advantages and disadvantages. The Manitoba Literacy Office (MLO) has provided initial training to introduce both volunteers and resident tutors to literacy work through 3-day training events. MLO has offered support and advice to organizations in their grant applications. Through the Literacy Workers Alliance of Manitoba and a new Literacy in Corrections Group, MLO has offered workshops and forums for literacy practitioners in corrections to share their problems and successes. Recently, MLO conducted an informal survey to determine problems practitioners may face in correctional settings and to identify particular needs. The main issues practitioners identified are as follows: inadequate support from administration, guards and correctional staff that impede the work, problems with recruiting and maintaining appropriate volunteers, coordination problems, and lack of continuous funding. MLO recommends the following: provide tutors and learners with regular, consistent access to books and libraries; provide orientation about literacy programs to correctional staff at regular intervals; secure extra institutional support for recruitment and support of volunteers; and provide long-term continuous funding for literacy programs in correctional institutions. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Delivery Systems, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Peer Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Manitoba Literacy Office, 417-185 Carlton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J1, Canada (order code A06).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg. Literacy Office.