“Adult Literacy and Skill Development (ALSD) Program held its annual major event – “2018 Celebration of Learning” on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at AHC. Aftab Khan, AHC’s Executive Director, delivered a welcome speech to the audience. As the distinguished guest, Ms. Debbie Clack, Executive Director of Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA), one of AHC’s funders, sent her warm greeting to the participants. Around 130 people, including performers, volunteers, students and their families participated in the celebration. The celebration program included the presentation of certificates, learning experience sharing, teaching experience sharing, and multicultural performances — music, dance, and singing. The celebration also included door prizes, food, and Christmas gifts with Santa Claus for the Children. Over 40 students from AHC’s English, Computer, Math classes and Leadership Training program received their certificates.

Students shared their learning experiences at AHC and felt very proud of themselves for the great progress and achievements they have made through participating in ALSD programs. For example, students from our Senior English Class reported that many of them had very little, even zero English when they attended the class in mid-August 2018. Only after more than two months of learning, were they able to speak some simple English sentences. The class even sang an English song at the celebration. Everyone was very impressed by their progress.  Instructors who worked for ALSD program were very happy to see many of their students receive their certificates and make incredible progress and improvement. All the participants and their families enjoyed the celebration tremendously. They reported that this was one of the best events they participated in this year. In particular, they appreciated that AHC invited their families to participate in the event. The children were very happy to receive gifts kindly donated by Santa Anonymous and have the photo with Santa Clause.

AHC appreciated In Motion, MacEwan University, a new student contemporary dance group, who shared a performance for the graduates. People enjoyed their fantastic dance. We also express our sincere thanks to all the volunteers for their great job on the event. Especially, we highly appreciate the Chinese International Student Development Society at the University of Alberta for providing almost 20 volunteers for the event.

In all, ALSD has made great progress in 2018. We first time created a senior English class at AHC this year. The program will also increase a parent English class at Brightview School in early 2019. We believe that 2019 will be a very promising year for the program.” – Dr. Yanyu Zhou, ALSD Coordinator

View images from the celebration below.

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