A Summary of Adult Literacy and Basic Education in the NWT

In the north, the history of adult literacy and basic education spans about fifty years. During that time, many changes have occurred in adult programs as a result of an on-going process of developing, reflecting on, and reviewing goals, activities and outcomes.

In recent years, there have been significant changes, too, in the field of literacy. These include defining literacy more broadly, developing new forms of programs, and promoting the importance of literacy more vigorously. These changes stem partly from interventions related to literacy, such as:

The changes have brought new opportunities for adult educators to tie programs more closely to learners’ needs by expanding the types of programs offered in the north. Today adult literacy programs include: