Here is an overview of the programming options that the Newell Further Education Council provides to the County of Newell rural communities.

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Literacy & Foundational Learning

Our learners are overseen by the Literacy Coordinator and the program is primarily facilitated by volunteer tutors who provide one-on-one support or small group tutoring within our rural County of Newell communities.


Adult literacy

Adult literacy is the ability of adults to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. The primary outcomes are the development of reading, writing, and/or document use skills. Examples could include: the ability to understand and fill out forms, the ability to read and administer medication; the ability to read and understand mail or notes from school.

English Language Learning

The study and practice of the English language by individuals whose first language is other than English and who are unable to communicate fluently or learn effectively in English. The primary outcome would be to help learners gain proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening in English.

Examples include: The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in the place of employment; the ability to communicate needs with a doctor or member of the public.

Foundational Life Skills

These are learning opportunities that facilitate the development of the personal and interpersonal skills required to deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life on an independent basis. These skills may include the following basic components:

  • Decision-making and problem solving

  • Creative thinking and critical thinking

  • Communication and interpersonal skills

  • Self-awareness and empathy

  • Coping with emotions and stress

  • Intercultural competencies


The ability to use, apply, interpret, and communicate mathematical information and ideas. Examples could include: The ability to count cash and make change; the ability to add and subtract numbers in a monthly home budget.

Basic Computer Skills

The ability of individuals to appropriately use computers and related technology to find, evaluate, utilize, create, and communicate in order to participate effectively in society. The primary intended outcome is to support an individual to navigate the basics of a computer, keyboard, operating device, or the internet.

Examples include: The ability to apply for a job via e-mail; perform online banking, e-mail a picture to a family member.

Family Literacy

Family Literacy Programs are directed towards the parents of children up to six years of age. Children may be present for all or part of the program, or they may not be directly involved at all.


Family Literacy programs promote the value and benefits of literacy, as well as oral language skill development. These programs also provide parents with the skills and strategies to create a literacy-rich environment in the home and use daily activities to strengthen the emergent literacy skills of their children.

Attendance in the program also creates the opportunity for adults to increase their confidence to return to learning and find out about other learning opportunities available in the community.

Community Capacity Building

Learning opportunities offered in the Community Capacity Building programming area support the development of the individual, the family, and/or the community. Examples include learning opportunities that:

  • support workplace readiness, including the development of computer software skills and application skill development;

  • Support the achievement of a high school equivalency credential, such as the General Equivalency Diploma (GED);

  • Support local or indigenous language/culture;

  • Address mental health issues;

  • Prevent and support victims of violence and abuse;

  • Prevent substance abuse;

  • Promote parenting skills.