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Bedford Sackville Literacy Network
Now: The Bedford Learning Network

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The Bedford-Sackville Learning Network (BSLN) is a community-based, non-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Established in 1994, it is one of approximately 30 provincial Learning Networks that secures financial support from the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Workforce Development. Those involved with BSLN have one thing in common; a belief in the importance of literacy and a commitment to making their community a better place.

BSLN provides FREE Level 2 classroom, and Levels 1 and 2 one-to-one tutoring programs to adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math, and computer skills. Level 1 is generally equivalent to grades one to six; Level 2 is generally equivalent to grades seven to nine. We do an assessment of an individual's literacy skills, discuss their learning history, goals and options, and eventually place them in one of our programs or recommend other options. The network covers a large geographic area: Bedford, Sackville, and Hammonds Plains to Mount Uniacke.

BSLN has been successful in providing adult education programs to 75-100 learners per year. BSLN learners have achieved their GED, improved their self-esteem and learned important life skills. BSLN has the support of many volunteers who are active in network activities such as tutoring, fundraising and governing the Board. BSLN has applied a learner-centered approach to our programs, and we do our best to provide upgrading that is both flexible and accessible for all.

We accept adult learners who: are 19 years of age or older have been out of school for at least one year live in the Bedford / Sackville / Beaver Bank / Mount Uniacke / Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia region.

BSLN learners come from a variety of age groups, backgrounds and learning experiences. Some of them were forced to leave school many years ago to provide for their families; others have only recently dropped out of the school system; some have found that their level of education is preventing them from getting a good job or advancing in the workforce.

The many learners who approach BSLN for upgrading have one thing in common; a desire to learn and improve their lives, and we do our best to make that happen. Some hope to complete their High School Diploma for Adults or General Education Development; others want to brush up on their Math or English skills. Whether it's helping a BSLN student to write a letter to their grandchild or guiding them through their first novel, our classroom instructors and volunteer tutors play an essential role in helping BSLN learners meet their various, personal goals.