Staff and board members at the ALTA Christmas lunch, December 2022
ALTA was stared in 1992 by Paula Lucie-Smith, a national scholar and former secondary school teacher. In 1990, International Literacy Year, Paula had been a volunteer in a Ministry of Education/UNESCO adult literacy programme. Assigned to teach at Woodbrook Government Secondary, students came from many parts of the country to Paula’s class and she continued to teach when the programme ended. She conceptualised ALTA as a way to bring together the adult literacy teachers to share ideas as well as to direct students to teachers close to their home or work. But those who joined ALTA wanted training and a programme of instruction, so ALTA quickly moved beyond networking into training and programme development.