Knowing there was a need to address the invisible problem of low literacy in Oakville, a group of volunteers, many of them associated with the Oakville Public Library, formed our local Council. Established in 1986, the Oakville Literacy Council uses the internationally known Laubach approach to teaching adult literacy.
At the turn of the century, Frank C. Laubach, an American educator living in the Philippines, discovered that the formal schooling process could not provide literacy development to a group of people who wished to become skilled in their own language. He devised a simple system which was successful in helping them acquire literacy competency. This same system has been used in more than 300 languages throughout the world.
Since the 1930s, the Laubach Way to Reading (LWR) has used the slogan “Each One Teach One” because their way of teaching literacy skills is direct and personal. Laubach's volunteer tutors are matched one-on-one with students.
Canada's first Laubach tutor training workshop was held in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia in 1970.