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Laubach in Ontario

In 1930, while working in the Philippines, Frank C. Laubach originated a method of teaching adults to read and write in their own language. This method was tested and refined over the years as it was used to teach adults to read in many local languages.

This same system has been used in more than 300 languages (including English and French) throughout the world. Since then, Laubach organizations have used the slogan “Each One Teach One” because this method of teaching literacy skills is direct and personal. Laubach volunteer tutors are matched one-on-one with literacy students.

Strong Laubach traditions form the foundation of our member agencies, but, over time, literacy practitioners have learned that no single system works in today’s environment. A well trained volunteer is able to respond to the specific learning needs of the individual. This is why, in North America, the major effort of the Laubach system is to provide published materials graded to various levels of readers, to professionally train volunteers, and to advance the cause of literacy.

Dedicated tutor trainers continue to prepare volunteers who are committed to helping adults acquire listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy, and other life skills. With these skills people can gain self-confidence and greater control over their lives.

Canada’s first Laubach tutor training workshop was held in Nova Scotia in 1970. Laubach Literacy Ontario (LLO) was formed from member councils in 1981. Laubach Literacy Ontario continues to support its 53 member agencies in all capacities.

LLO is now a member of ProLiteracy (formerly Laubach Literacy International) and is the first Canadian organization to be given this opportunity. Through LLO’s membership, member agencies are affiliated with the oldest and largest nongovernmental literacy organization in the world. Laubach Literacy Ontario is a distributor of New Readers’ Press, and provides substantial discounts to affiliated members as one of the benefits of membership.