Adult Learners Week is coordinated by Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult and community education. It is a UNESCO initiative supported in Australia by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment and run each year in the first week of September.
Hundreds of events and activities will be held around Australia and online to promote the benefits of lifelong learning.
Any adult education and training organisation can get involved in Adult Learners Week including neighbourhood houses, community centres, libraries, training organisations, local governments, Aboriginal learning cooperatives, employers, not-for-profit organisations, workplaces, men’s sheds, U3As, community colleges, TAFE colleges and universities.
Our theme – Change Your Story
Covid-19 has created an urgent challenge in Australia that education can help to solve. This year’s theme for Adult Learners Week – Change Your Story — promotes the idea that people can take their lives in a new direction, make a fresh start and create a new future through adult education. With social distancing requirements in place, some organisations will be offering additional online courses and activities. Adult education and learning can help people adapt to some of the challenges they face in a rapidly changing world. It can provide people with new knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully remain in or return to work.
Adult education is also particularly important to support disadvantaged adults to re-engage with learning and improve their opportunities through further education. Adult Learners Week showcases a wide range of learning and upskilling opportunities on offer around Australia.
To find out more, or to find a local event, visit adultlearnersweek.org