The State Government today launched a new campaign to help improve adult literacy in Tasmania.
The Premier, Lara Giddings, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, said the 26TEN Network, (26 letters and 10 numbers) brings together business, community and government to raise awareness about literacy.
“We all need to work together to break down stigma and help more Tasmanians get the skills they need to secure jobs and opportunities,” Ms Giddings said.
“The 26TEN campaign has the potential to make a big difference in the lives of Tasmanians who struggle with literacy skills.
“Literacy is not just about reading and writing – it is also about technology, problem solving and communicating with others.” “It impacts on our quality of life, on participation and productivity in our workplaces and on people’s health and wellbeing.”
Mr McKim said nearly one in two Tasmanians experience difficulty with everyday literacy and numeracy tasks such as filling in forms, reading a bank statement or simply enjoying a book with their children.
“This needs to change – and what sets Tasmania apart from the rest of the country is that we have an action plan for change,” he said.
The 26TEN strategy includes:
- a members program to help build the Network and extend the range of programs, services and support available to Tasmanians;
- the 26TEN website to inform Tasmanians about adult literacy programs and services and to give the Network a home
- the 1300 00 2610 service to guide and refer Tasmanians seeking help
- free literacy awareness and plain English workshops to raise awareness and promote action; and
- a public awareness campaign to inform Tasmanians of the benefits of literacy skills and that the 26TEN Network is ready and available to help.
Mr McKim congratulated the inaugural 26TEN network members including the TCCI, Unions Tasmania, TasCOSS, the Australian Government and the Small Business Council of Tasmania.
“The 26TEN campaign starts with a television campaign tonight and will also be supplemented with advertising inside Metro buses, a new website (www.26ten.tas.gov.au) and 1300 00 2610) to help people get started.
“Each year we’d like to recognise the 26th of October as 26TEN Day.
“On this day we to celebrate the achievements of the many thousands of Tasmanians working to improve their own literacy skills and the efforts of those working alongside them – our 26TEN volunteers, coordinators, teachers and trainers.”