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Vianne Timmons

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Over the next seven years I would be interested in researching effective strategies to develop literacy skills in adults and youth with very low literacy levels. In particular those adults
working in resource based industries and teenagers identified as high risk in the school systems.

In 1996, the Ministry of Education of Prince Edward Island released a Strategy for Adult Literacy/Education in Prince Edward Island: Tough Challenges: Great Rewards which identified that low literacy rates are a problem
for 40% of the adult population and that 17% can not read at all.

Associated projects include developing resource packs for additional resource materials for the families involved in both the Rural Family Literacy and the Aboriginal Family Literacy projects. Another related project is a Workshop on Knowledge Brokering in Atlantic Canada Funded by: Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
The purpose of the workshop is to identify knowledge brokers in the Atlantic Canada Region and provide professional development in key aspects of knowledge brokering and identify the challenges faced by knowledge brokers. We wish to promote a regional network for knowledge brokers who work in the health, education, and university communities in Atlantic Canada. Yet another related project is Engaging the Community: Knowledge Translation as
Transformation in the Lives of Children in Rural Prince
Edward Island. This proposal involves transdisciplinary, participatory research to identify strategies, approaches, tools, and resources that
promote effective knowledge translation in ways that may result in a transformation of the attitudes and health related behaviours of children in rural and Aboriginal communities on Prince Edward Island.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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