Making Connections: A Women's Literacy Program in Durham

Dawn Lasci

that we must remain vigilant in fighting for their most basic rights. And so we carry on, enjoying our students and celebrating their successes.

As teachers, we have the desire, the knowledge, the resources, and the experience to help in this way. We also have the responsibility. Education is the doorway to equality. It must be accessible to all!

If there is a need in your community, encourage your local to get involved. The Durham Local partnered with community organizations, calling on teacher volunteers, accessing resources, and obtaining permits where required. As a result of local and provincial support there was no cost to the community partners. We made use of funding offered through ETFO and made contacts in the business community to procure iPads. Our literacy program takes significant time and effort, and it is worth it.


women sitting at tables

How do you demonstrate the power of language to students weaned on a diet of dramatic and engaging visuals? I have them close their eyes and picture an image to accompany the famous words of British poet, Robert Browning: "A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

teacher smiling at camera standing outside

When both of her parents died within months of each other, Barnett decided to dig deeper for her passion.