Happy Christmas and New Year

Happy Christmas and New Year

2022 has been another big year for adult literacy and the Hotline.

Highlights included:

  • Continuing high numbers of callers wanting to access literacy and/or numeracy support
  • The release of the report Don’t take it as read: Inquiry into adult literacy and its importance in March
  • The second SBS series of Lost for Words
  • Celebrations of 45 years of Read Write Now and 10 years of 26TEN.
  • The production of some great Hotline resources
  • The Commonwealth government establishing the Foundation Skills Advisory group with membership from the Hotline
  • Attendance at some wonderful face to face annual conferences from Community Colleges Australia, South Australian Council for Adult Literacy, the New South Wales Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council and the 2022 World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education
  • Presentations at a number of webinars, broadening the scope of our industry networks
  • The opportunity to provide submissions to the Commonwealth’s Jobs and Skills summit and the Employment White Paper
  • Starting the Hotline’s national research to build a picture of current delivery, needs and barriers – see our first report Insights from the classroom.

An ongoing highlight for the Hotline is collaboration with our sector colleagues. Many thanks to the hardworking volunteers at ACAL and the state-based councils for adult literacy and numeracy for their hard work and advocacy; to peak bodies like Communities College Australia, Adult Learning Australia, the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service; to members of the Hotline Steering Committee and to you, the readers of and contributors to Literacy Links.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the dedicated, compassionate and resourceful Hotline teachers who work so hard to assist people looking for literacy classes and support. Without your effort above and beyond the job many people would be unable to access the help they are seeking.

Wishing you all a happy, restful and restorative festive season.

The Hotline Office will be closed from 24 December to 9 January.