SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM FOR NEW CANADIANS CUT DUE TO LOSS IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING

Mahnaz Musawi writes award winning essay for Nova Scotia Adult Learners’ Week Contest.

Halifax, NS: We are proud to announce that Cunard Learning Centre student Mahnaz Musawi will be receiving the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Award in Literacy Nova Scotia’s Adult Learners’ Week Essay Contest this Friday, April 17th. It is the fourth consecutive year that a student from our Level 2 EAL program has composed the winning entry. It may be the last. Funding cuts from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education have led to slashes in programming, and as a result Cunard will be forced to eliminate the successful Level 2 EAL program as well as an instructor.

UNESCO International Adult Learners’ Week (April 13th -17th,  2015) is traditionally a time to celebrate our students and their achievements.  We strive to provide our learners with the best possible education, and have seen many successes thanks to their dedication to learning and our instructors’ commitment to teaching. Over 50% of Cunard’s students are new Canadians, and they have been working hard to further their education so they can contribute and participate more effectively in their community. The recent Ivany report suggests that one of the ways Nova Scotia can stop its economic slide is to encourage and support immigration. Cutting programs that are vital to their successes certainly doesn’t not seem welcoming. Our students are enthusiastic learners, we just need the funding to provide them with the opportunities they’ve worked so hard for.

Cunard Learning Centre is a community-based program offering classes for Levels I, II and III of the Adult Learning Program and  until recently Level II EAL. We’ve been engaging adult learners in the HRM for 20 plus years.  Cunard Learning Centre is division of the MetroWorks family of programs and are co-located with Options Work Activity and Stone Hearth Bakery.  For more information about our programs, or to read Mahnaz’ award winning essay, please visit us on the web at www.mymetroworks.ca

 

Media Contact :
Joni Mattatall
902-453-6246 ext 101
jmattatall@mymetroworks.ca

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