Guysborough County Adult Learning Association
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Why Do People Need GALA?


GALA provides the following services:

Adult Learners

GALA offers adults with an opportunity to improve their 9 Essential Skills and to work toward the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) diploma. We support those who wish to study for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or anyone who wants to improve academic skills for personal reasons.

GALA follows the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning curriculum provided by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to deliver Levels 1, 2 and 3 programs throughout Guysborough County.


9 Essential Skills

The Government of Canada has identified nine essential skills needed for the workplace. These skills are used in every job to varying degrees and at different levels of complexity. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.

  1. Reading - The ability to understand reading materials in the form of sentences or paragraphs. We use this skill to scan for information, skim overall meaning, evaluate what we read and integrate information from multiple sources.
  2. Document use - The ability to perform tasks that involve a variety of information displays in which words, numbers, symbols and other visual characteristics are given meaning by their spatial relationship. We use this skill when we read and interpret signs, labels, lists, graphs and charts.
  3. Numeracy - The ability to use numbers and think in quantitative terms. We use this skill when doing numerical estimating, money math, scheduling or budgeting math and analyzing measurements or data.
  4. Writing - The ability to write text and documents; it also includes non paper-based writing such as typing on a computer. We use this skill when we organize, record, document, provide information to persuade, request information from others and justify a request.
  5. Oral communication - The ability to use speech to give and exchange thoughts and information. We use this skill to greet people, take messages, reassure, persuade, seek information and resolve conflicts.
  6. Working with others - The ability to work with other workers to carry out tasks. We use this skill when we work as a member of a team or jointly with a partner, and when we engage in supervisory or leadership activities.
  7. Thinking - The ability to engage in the process of evaluating ideas or information to reach a rational decision. We use this skill when we solve problems, make decisions, think critically and plan and organize job tasks.
  8. Computer use - The ability to use different kinds of computer applications and other related technical tools. We use this skill when we operate cash registers, use word processing software, send emails and create and modify spreadsheets.
  9. Continuous learning - The ability to participate in an ongoing process of acquiring skills and knowledge. We use this skill when we learn as part of regular work or from co-workers and when we access training in the workplace or off-site.

Assessment Tools

Employability Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT)

Communications and Math Employment Readiness Assessment (CAMERA)

Canadian Adult Reading Assessment (CARA)

Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) Math Assessment

GED pre-tests

GALA Technology Skills Assessment

& Various other assessments

Seniors Literacy

GALA provides projects to:

  • Enhance literacy, reduce isolation and support seniors in their efforts to improve quality of life for all seniors.
  • Improve access to information for seniors living in isolated areas.
  • Enhance the ability of seniors to volunteer and contribute to the well-being of the community.
  • Increase opportunities for interaction among isolated seniors within their own peer group and with the whole community.
  • Broaden understanding within the senior population of their role in Community Literacy and the important contributions seniors are already making.
  • Help seniors to identify that continuous learning results in better opportunities for independence, interaction in our community and overall good health.
  • Improve access to literacy information for seniors.
  • Increase community awareness of seniors' literacy, the services provided by seniors groups and GALA.

GALA follows the provincial government's guidelines for Positive Aging to help seniors enhance and maintain their essential skills.

Nova Scotia's Positive Aging Goals

  1. Celebrating Seniors - Nova Scotians value seniors and celebrate their lifelong contributions.
  2. Financial Security - Secure and sufficient income provides an adequate standard of living for seniors.
  3. Health and Well-Being - A range of supports and services enables seniors to optimize their health and well-being.
  4. Maximizing Independence - Seniors enjoy maximum independence with support from family, friends, community and government.
  5. Housing Options - Affordable, accessible, safe and supportive housing options are available to seniors.
  6. Transportation - Affordable, safe and accessible transportation options are available to seniors.
  7. Respecting Diversity - Nova Scotians recognize, respect and respond positively to seniors in all their diversity.
  8. Employment and Life Transitions - Workplaces support and encourage the participation, health, lifelong learning and volunteer activities of older workers.
  9. Supportive Communities - Seniors have opportunities for personal growth, lifelong learning, and community participation in safe and supportive environments.

Taken from http://novascotia.ca/seniors/pub/2005_StrategyPositiveAging.pdf
Strategy for Positive Aging in Nova Scotia 2005

Family Literacy

GALA provides projects to:

  • Help support families to enhance their language, literacy and math literacy skills while improving self-confidence and reinforcing the fact that a parent is a child's first teacher.
  • Promote the value of literacy in the family by providing parents with activities that they can develop with their children.
  • Enhance the ability of the parents to support their children's language and literacy development from birth throughout the school years.
  • Provide information and activities for positive parental involvement in their children's development and education.
  • Strengthen and build basic literacy skills of parents.
  • Provide opportunities for parents to pursue their own educational goals.


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