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Marcia Jeffers always thought she wasn’t well read enough to voice her opinion.

Marcia Jeffers always thought she wasn’t well read enough to voice her opinion.

“I used to be afraid to speak my mind because I didn’t think I was worthy,” she said.

Then last year Jeffers, 30, enrolled in an adult learning program, earning her high school diploma and work experience.

On graduation day “when we walked across the stage to the applause of our loved ones, it was with the knowledge that we were resolved of some of our most far-reaching and personal failures,” she said. “Gosh, that was a great feeling.”

Jeffers was one of two adult learners who spoke yesterday at the launch of a four-year awareness campaign. All four Atlantic provinces are on board and will split the $500,000 price tag.

“It’s a call to action that will encourage more and more adults to participate in such programs,” said Marilyn More, minister of Labour and Workforce Development.

Rose Moore, 52, recently went back to school after being out of the classroom for about 37 years. “I didn’t know what to expect and my last experience at school was not good. What I found was a comfortable and very supportive environment,” she said. Moore will get her high school diploma in May and is going on to college for a career in corrections.

“Hopefully, the sheriffs department — that’s what I’m after,” she said. “If I can do it, anyone can do it. That’s why I’m here to tell everybody that.”

 
 
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