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Recent research shows that one in five people in Scotland have still to fully develop their literacy skills, according to Mary Rhind, Co-ordinator of a new Highland initiative which supports the teaching of basic numeracy and literacy skills to adults.

"Literacy is about using words and numbers, and handling information in every aspect of our lives, said Ms Rhind. The Scottish Executive has recognised that its crucial to aim at a fully-literate Scotland, and has funded the Highland Literacies Project at least until March 2004."

The Project will assist all organisations involved in literacies training such as the Colleges and The Highland Councils Community Education Service to work together. In addition, funding is available to agencies to set up new projects or develop existing ones.

Organisations delivering literacy and numeracy training in English or Gaelic to one of the priority groups, for whom a need for basic literacy provision has been identified, are invited to bid. Bids for both small and large projects are welcome up to a limit of 20,000 for any one project.  The first deadline for applications for funding is 11 October 2002.

Further information about the funding process and application forms are available from Mary Rhind on (01463) 251276.

For further information, contact:
Mary Rhind Adult Literacies Co-ordinator, Library Support Unit, 31a Harbour
Road, Inverness IV1 1UA mary.rhind@highland.gov.uk  01463 251276;
Chris McLintock, Administrative Assistant, christina.mclintock@highland.gov.uk  01463 251277