WEA supports Lifelong Learning Week – 8-12 November 2021


Lifelong Learning Week is a celebration of the power of learning to transform peoples’ lives. Coordinated by Festival of Learning, Lifelong Learning Week takes place in early November each year.

This year the WEA is helping raise the profile of adult education and highlighting the benefits of lifelong learning for individuals, communities and the economy through a series of activities and posts.  These include:

-    You’re never too old to learn blog – by Katie Easey, Director of Education; Community Learning.  A feature that highlights 10 benefits of adult education. You're never too old to learn - Festival of Learning

-    Love of lifelong learning Facebook chat – On 9th November at 16.00 we hosted a Facebook Live Chat.  Compered by our CEO, Simon Parkinson, we heard from two inspirational students, Joanne and Michael  on how the power of learning transformed their lives. There’ll also be the opportunity to ask questions direct.   Check our facebook @WEAAdultEducation to watch the interviews.

-    A complementary member lecture – Join David Hughes to understand the mysteries of the stars and planets in a recording of one of the award-winning WEA member lectures.  Lifelong Learning Week: WEA Members Series - Introduction to astronomy - YouTube

-    Lifelong learning and what it means in the 21st Century – Tuesday 9th November at 10.30. Simon Parkinson joined a Holex panel to discuss the different meanings of Lifelong Learning to different people.

-    Getting the basics right in Maths, English and ESOL – Thursday 11th November at 12.15 Simon Parkinson is joining the Learning and Work Institute conference panel discussion on how basic skills – including literacy, numeracy, ESOL and digital skills – are key to improving adults’ life chances. With participation in learning falling, the need to rethink how we widen access and engage more adults in learning is greater than ever.