LOCAL aldermen have signed up as supporters of 26TEN in recognition of the importance and value of lifelong learning.
Glenorchy City Council became a member organisation in 2017 and also runs the Glenorchy LEARNs Program as part of 26TEN.
Alderman Simon Fraser has gone one step further by becoming a volunteer literacy tutor and has been working with Andrew Bailey for the past 18 months.
“I am passionate about education and its ability to change people’s lives, and literacy and numeracy is at the heart of that – I thoroughly enjoy it and find it very rewarding,” Mr Fraser said.
“It’s been wonderful to see Andrew’s journey and I thoroughly recommend taking up volunteering as a literacy tutor.
“Andrew’s commitment is to be commended, as he has not missed a single session since I’ve been working with him.
“It’s only an hour per week and you can change someone’s life and also make a friend.
“The important element here is to remember that people having literacy issues has nothing to do with their intelligence.”
Andrew Bailey has participated in the 26TEN program since November 2016 and has achieved great milestones in that short time.
This includes recently gaining his learner’s licence and studying for an Advanced Diploma in Information Technology.
Mr Bailey said he had help to connect with literacy tutors through Glenorchy LINC.
“I went through testing to find out my level of literacy and once we figured out my level of what I was good at, we could start the program,” he said.
“It started with a phonetics book which I thought was weird at first but now I can see how beneficial it was.
“Before I started, I couldn’t properly read a book, but now I’m reading books easily and I have seen a huge improvement.
“It has got me to understand words more and I can now understand their concepts and meanings.
“I tried to get my licence in 2008 and didn’t understand any of it, but this time I instantly knew what I was reading and could answer the questions.
“I previously studied a Certificate III in Telecommunications and a Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology, but I couldn’t really understand it whereas now with studying for my diploma, I’m finding it much easier and hoping to gain employment.
“I recommend people who are in the same situation as me with literacy issues get help.
“It may seem a bit silly at first, but it shows an effect after a while and I have improved so much with my reading, writing and spelling.”
Caption: Glenorchy City Council alderman Simon Fraser, right, with tutoring student Andrew Bailey.