Learning While Having Fun Literacy Program

Program funding is from the Tasmanian Community Fund through their Building Tasmania as the Learning Community initiative.

The aim of the Program is to develop and deliver an innovative program of diverse, fun and interactive literacy based activities.

The target audience is those people who have left school. The program is free for participants.

This program will operate in the Circular Head, West Coast, Waratah/ Wynyard and Burnie council areas.

Definitions of Literacy and Family Literacy

Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society. (UNESCO)

Family literacy is not just about reading and writing. Its about developing stronger relationships between parents and their children and getting parents involved in their childrens education. It is about building stronger families and healthy communities.
(National Centre for Family Literacy in Canada)

Forms of Literacy

Prose literacy – understand and use information from texts including editorials, brochures and instruction manuals.

Document literacy – locate and use information contained in various formats including job applications, transportation schedules, maps and tables.

Numeracy using mathematical ideas to make sense of the world eg budgeting, measuring.

Problem solving skills working through details of a problem to reach a solution.

Health literacy degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Technology and information literacy ability to recognise when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information.


Learning While Having Fun is not a set program but a range of possibilities to enable learning
opportunities to be provided in areas of client interest and community need.

Please contact Rural Health Tasmania on 6452 1266 or 0458 555 722 for more information.