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What is ABE?

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is an umbrella term that refers to a wide range of services, credit, and non-credit programs designed to help adult learners achieve their goals.  These goals may include:

  1. increasing education and/or certification levels;
  2. gaining prerequisites for further training or employment;
  3. enhancing life skills, independence and self-sufficiency; or
  4. learning skills in specific areas (such as technological literacy, communication skills, or portfolio development).

ABE - Learning for Life

Critical to the planning and delivery of the Adult Basic Education Level 3 curricula is the understanding and implementation of adult education principles.  Six adult education principles (Imel, 1998) that demonstrate the treatment of our learners as adults include:

Levels 1 and 2 Literacy Benchmarks reflect the roles adult learners fill in their everyday lives – as family members, community members, and workers. The Benchmarks, therefore, are those general skills, abilities, and attitudes adults need to function in their world. The Circle of Learning is the physical representation of the Benchmarks.

Level Three courses (Communications, Social Sciences, Life/Work Studies, Mathematics, and Science) are designed for people who want to build on their knowledge and skills. Learners who complete Level Three successfully go on to further education, training, or employment opportunities.

Level Four includes Adult Secondary Completion and GED® Testing Program.  Under Adult 12 policy, an adult may attain a Grade 12 standing by completing 7 credit classes successfully.  Information about the GED® can be found on the GED® website.

A list of contacts for Post-Secondary Delivery Organizations providing Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs and services in Saskatchewan.

Information on how to request transcripts for Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs in Saskatchewan.

ABE-Essential Skills for the Workplace

ABE-ESWP focuses specifically on Literacy Levels One and Two learners, and will help the unemployed gain workplace skills that will assist them in entering the workforce.


Credit Programs

Successful completion of credit programs results in a certificate of standing, which is critical for gaining entrance to technical and trade schools, apprenticeship training, or university.  The knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in secondary education are important for those who wish to enter or re-enter the labour force, who need retraining, or who wish to advance in a chosen career.
Credit Programs include:

  1. Adult Basic Education Level Three (Adult 10)
  2. Adult Secondary Completion (Adult 12)
  3. GED® Testing Program

Non Credit Programs

Non-credit programs are based on the needs of the members of the community and will vary from region to region.  Contact one of the following post-secondary delivery organizations for more information on non-credit opportunities.


ABE Policy & Procedures

ABE Partners' Site

The ABE Policy and Procedures Manual including the latest forms is available on the ABE Partners website.  This is a password protected site, available only to ABE delivery organizations. 

For information on obtaining a password, please contact your organization's ABE administrator or call (306) 787-2354.

Related Documents

The framework supports the efforts of existing organizations within the post-secondary
sector that are working on improving mechanisms to facilitate transitions for individuals
amongst providers of basic education and related programs. Within basic education and
career services, one of the main goals is to ensure appropriate, consistent and effective
referral and placement of individuals in programs.

A number of intake and assessments tools can be found by clicking on the resource link. Some are free of charge and some have a minimal charge.

The Ministry contracted Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit to conduct a comprehensive review of the delivery of On-reserve Adult Basic Education programs in Saskatchewan from 2007-08 to 2010-11.  The objectives of the evaluation were to: identify the types of agreements between post-secondary institutions and participating First Nations; identify the types of formal and informal intake and assessment practices; provide a broad overview of the current practices, partnerships and administrative structures; and identify the outcomes that were a direct result of the program.  The results of the review can be found in the attached report.

Related Links

The GED® tests measure the academic skills and knowledge expected of high school graduates. Recognized throughout North America, the GED® testing program has served as a bridge to education and employment. The GED® tests provide a reliable vehicle through which adults can certify that they possess the major and lasting outcomes of a traditional high school education.

The Circle of Learning document provides a framework for quality literacy programming in Saskatchewan, an essential component in the pursuit of employment or further education.

Benchmarks provide: an integrated process for learners to acquire skills across content areas; a holistic approach that values learners' goals and needs; examples for curriculum development with objectives and learning outcomes; and an outline of foundational skills adults should be able to achieve at Literacy Levels 1 & 2.

The five required courses at the Adult 10 level are Communications, Social Sciences, Life/Work Studies, Mathematics and Science. Revised curricula are posted in various formats as well as links to online resources and supplemental documents applicable to the various curricula.

Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) is a broad umbrella concept that values all learning that people have gained in their lives.

SABEA (Saskatchewan Adult Basic Education Association) is a province-wide volunteer organization specifically for adult basic education practitioners.

The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) is focused on improving the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians to get a job, stay in the job market, and contribute to their communities and families. Through extensive research, the Government of Canada and other national and international agencies have identified and validated nine key Essential Skills for the workplace. These skills are used in nearly every job 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.

The Saskatchewan Action Research Network provides current research and project updates for adult basic educators and related research regarding adult learning principles.

Frontier College is a national literacy organization with a goal to bring literacy and learning to Canadians everywhere.

The Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) is the national hub for research, information and knowledge exchange, increasing literacies and essential skills across Canada.

Grade 12 online courses allow you to complete Grade 12 or take a course not available at your high school. You can take one course or complete several at a time, and study at your own pace, with flexible start times.

PTA provides financial assistance with the costs of living for low income adult students enrolled full-time in basic education, workforce development programs or quick skills training which are not eligible for student loan funding.



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