To teach and promote English language and literacy skills needed by adults for daily life in Southeastern Manitoba.
Many adults in Manitoba need to improve their English language and literacy skills needed for daily life. In the fall of 1990, Human Resources Development Canada invited several members of the community to talk about the language and literacy training needs in the Steinbach area. With funding from various government departments, the first classes were held in Steinbach in 1991.
It was decided that a community-based organization would be the best way to meet language and literacy needs in the area. The Steinbach and Area Language and Literacy Services for Adults was formed. Classes were also held in Niverville, Kleefeld, Grunthal and other towns in the Rural Municipality of Hanover. As more needs were identified, classes began to be held in the RMs of Taché, and La Broquerie.
The program expanded further outside Steinbach, and in 1999 the name was changed to Southeast Area Language and Literacy Services for Adults. In 2004, the organization was incorporated as South Eastman English and Literacy Services Inc.
Classes are held in many different communities depending on training needs. We work with local communities, churches, public schools, businesses, and governments to offer a variety of classes.