Week fo­cuses on learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ Ed­u­ca­tors around the Pil­bara cel­e­brated Adult Learn­ers’ Week ear­lier this month.

The theme for the week, held from Septem­ber 1-8, was Un­lock­ing Learn­ing.

Pil­bara In­sti­tute act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jan Ed­wards said the event was a timely re­minder lear ning could be a life­long ac­tiv­ity.

“The lo­cal TAFE has a wide va­ri­ety of cour­ses avail­able and is very flex­i­ble to a per­son’s work and lifestyle com­mit­ments,” she said.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price said the theme ad­dressed the com­mon mis­con­cep­tion learn­ing and ed­u­ca­tion ended with tra­di­tional school­ing.

“Learn­ing is a life­long ac­tiv­ity, as at­tested to by the grow­ing num­ber of adult learn­ers ex­pand­ing their skills, knowl­edge and in­ter­ests on an on­go­ing ba­sis,” she said.

“Whether you want to learn new skills, change ca­reers, or ad­dress lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills, ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tal to a so­cially in­clu­sive, pro­duc­tive and in­no­va­tive Aus­tralia, no mat­ter what stage of life you are at.”

Ev­ery year, Adult Learn­ers’ Week is cel­e­brated with hun­dreds of events and ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to pro­mote the ben­e­fits of learn­ing — in the home, at work, and in the com­mu­nity.

Fur­ther de­tails can be found at: adultlearn­er­sweek.org/.

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