Adult Literacy Rural Trust’s “Catch up literacy camp”

Being able to read and write is something many adult New Zealanders probably take for granted, however, some New Zealand-born adults are illiterate.

The Adult Literacy Rural Trust was started in 2011 to help illiterate adults learn to read and write and this month, from 16 to 20 April, they will be helping 29 boys, aged between 14 and 16 years old, to catch up with their literacy levels at a “Catch Up Literacy Camp”. The camp will be held at Port Waikato School Camp on Waikaretu Road in Port Waikato.

The camp objective is to try and stop the adult illiteracy problem by helping students who are at risk of failing. This new initiative comes after establishing that there is a need to address illiteracy at a high school level. Besides being tutored, boys that attend the camp will be assigned a mentor who will continue to provide mentorship weekly once the camp is over and they will be able to attend two more holiday camps this year.

Jo Poland, one of the founding Trustees, said that there is a stigma in society about not being able to spell properly and that illiterate adults think that they are dumb even though most of them have average or above average intelligence.

The Adult Literacy Rural Trust is looking for volunteers to help out with the camps—anyone who would like to volunteer can contact 0800 891 339 or contact the Kristi Cabot, Head Tutor, directly on For more information about the Adult Literacy Rural Trust see

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