The launch of Adult Learners’ Week offered a chance to celebrate a milestone in adult English education, the announcement of the inaugural Adult Learners’ Week scholarships and the achievements of some outstanding adult learners.
When she arrived in Sydney as a refugee from Syria in February 2018, Sophie Bejok fell in love with Manly beach. After enrolling in an adult learn to swim class, now she’s got her sights set on being a lifeguard.
A peer education program for LGBTI young people is kicking off in the Victorian country town of Stawell to improve support, acceptance and advocacy for trans and gender diverse young people in rural and regional areas.
Ipswich-based inCommunity Inc. runs a training program that helps homeless people find stable accommodation and counters the real estate industry’s negative perceptions that homeless people make poor tenants.
A mental health project teaches women farmers to use digital technology to tell their stories of the struggles and hardships of life on the farm to educate, inspire and benefit other people living in rural communities.
Healthcare workers in Sydney are prescribing art classes instead of medication as an antidote to stress, depression and loneliness and to improve the health and wellbeing of older people in their communities.
Almost 20 years ago Adult Literacy tutors Anne Dunn, Chris Malakar, Moira Hanrahan with Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) launched PageTurners, a best selling series of books for adult literacy students.
A health literacy program run through Men’s Sheds is encouraging men to take a more proactive role with their health and take regular physical and mental health check ups as seriously as they do the servicing and maintenance of their cars.
Murnong Mammas is an Indigenous catering group based at Castlemaine Continuing Education in country Victoria. The women have created work for themselves that is meaningful enjoyable and involves lots of experimenting and learning.
34 year old boilermaker Samuel Timney has struggled with literacy since he left school at 15. But becoming a dad and an urge to fulfill a dream prompted him to get help from WA’s Read Write Now program.
A program in Bundaberg QLD helps new parents learn the skills they need for one of life’s most challenging and rewarding jobs. Positive Start Parenting originally began for young single mums but now includes dads and families.
ACT’s Belconnen Arts Centre’s IGNITE Alternative Arts Academy transforms the lives of people with physical and psychosocial disability through the arts. We talked to two participants about the impact of taking part.
Pip Giles’ return to learning as an adult is paying off. She recently got a tattoo of a pair of wings with ‘Believe in yourself’ written underneath. It’s her new motto because she’s found herself doing things she’d never imagined.
A Women’s Shed that teaches women trades skills is flourishing in Orange, New South Wales. Women of all ages are learning trade skills and tool handling skills for the first time. One of them is Carmel Hanrahan, 72.
A partnership between Kensington Neighbourhood House and Linfox offers industry training and a pathway to better paid and more stable work. For process worker Abdulrahman the course has opened a door of opportunity.
Adult Learning Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.