Adult Learners Week 2023 - It's Never Too Late to Learn

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Posted 2023-08-29 by Jenfollow

Fri 01 Sep 2023 - Fri 08 Sep 2023

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A UNESCO initiative supported in Australia by the Commonwealth Government, Adult Learners Week by Adult Learning Australia runs from 1-8 September 2023. ALA is the national peak body for adult and community education. With a theme of It's Never Too Late this year, it reminds us that we can return to educating ourselves at any age and stage. Feeding our brain can make a profound difference in our lives in more ways than one.

Hundreds of events and activities will be held around Australia at adult learning centres and online to promote the benefits of adult education and lifelong learning. Learning centres include neighbourhood houses, community centres, libraries, local governments, Aboriginal learning cooperatives, employers, not-for-profit organisations, workplaces, men’s sheds, U3As, community colleges, TAFE colleges and universities. Regardless of where you're at in your education level, re-engaging with learning can offer life-changing opportunities, from the thrill of discovering hidden talents and the satisfaction of learning new skills to the excitement of imagining and embarking on a new and different future.

There are so many ways to find an event, and you really need to scour to search for events close to where you're at. You can do that by using the drop-down menu on the website to head for Maps to head to your state. You can also check the website by dates for one convenient for you, on the Event Page . The Instagram account also has many events listed like Belly Dancing at the Library and Scam Talk. both in Rowville, Victoria; to learn to protect yourself from the latest scams.

Then there's the NSW Port Stephens Libraries Event Page that has a host of events that are all free, but require booking to secure your place. In a nutshell, they're holding a book discussion group, a brain training activity, a knitting knatter event for those who love to knit and crochet, writer workshop, movie screening, tech help sessions and more. The posters within this article also shows events in Victoria and Mt Gambier. See the Facebook page for many other events as well.

Tamworth Library is holding events like the very popular visible mending workshop inspired by Shashiko, which is a type of traditional Japanese embroidery or stitching used for the decorative and/or functional reinforcement of cloth and clothing. A fantastic skill to learn to keep your much-loved clothes recycling in your wardrobe, which is sustainable and good for the planet. If you go to the bottom of the link , you'll see many other ALW events.

From afternoon tea to cooking by numbers with a focus on literacy and numeracy through cooking, there's lots to discover. Many free and some ticketed, so get in early and make your bookings. There's definitely a lot to cover, so start mapping out your itinerary and participate/celebrate Adult Learner's Week. We all know the benefits of learning and expanding our knowledge, especially as we age, its side effect being - it keeps us engaged, involved and part of a community that never stops learning.


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