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The Intersection of Adult Foundational Literacy & Poverty – WHO WE ARE


Calgary Learns is a granting agency that supports foundational learning for adult Calgarians.
Initiative grants address new and emerging adult foundational learning needs in Calgary. This funding supports community-focused non-profit organizations to research and develop learning resources, and to pilot innovative foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians with financial barriers.

CanLearn fulfills its vision of unlocking potential so all can learn through programs and services for individuals with literacy challenges, learning disabilities and AD/HD. CanLearn is a multidisciplinary organization and built upon the shared understanding that some barriers to learning such as ADHD or dyslexia have a biological base, while others stem from environmental factors such as poverty and adverse life experiences. Founded in 1979, the organization is approaching its 40-year anniversary.

Bow Valley College “Where people live and work, Bow Valley College will contribute to the vitality of communities and the strength of the economy through innovative adult education programs and services which equip people for successful living, lifelong learning, and work in a global knowledge-based economy.” BVC low literacy/adult foundational learning courses have been offered for almost 30 years. They are a part of the Centre for Excellence in Foundational Learning (CEFL).


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