workers at a logging campOur History

Since 1899, Frontier College has been reaching out to people wherever they are and responding to their particular learning needs. We believe in literacy as a right and we work to achieve literacy for all.

Our Founder

The founder of Frontier College, Alfred Fitzpatrick said, “We must educate the whole family wherever the work is, wherever they earn their living.” This ‘have book will travel’ philosophy has been a guiding principle at Frontier College ever since.

At the turn of the century, the needs were felt most keenly in far-flung places like logging camps, on the railway and in the mines. So it was there that Fitzpatrick sent his Labourer-Teachers, a group of hardy individuals who worked with the men by day and taught them by night. A Frontier College Reading Tent

With the advent of the Second World War, however, the complexion of work patterns changed. “Technological changes in the workplace after the war meant that education and labour had become inextricably linked,” says James H. Morrison, professor of history at St. Mary’s University, Frontier College Board Member and former Labourer-Teacher. “There were no hiding places for people who could not read and write.”