Adult learners celebrate education

THIS week is the sixth annual nationwide Adult Learners’ Festival and to celebrate, staff and students at Laois VEC have produced a short promotional video.

THIS week is the sixth annual nationwide Adult Learners’ Festival and to celebrate, staff and students at Laois VEC have produced a short promotional video.

The one-minute film, entitled ‘How do you celebrate yours?’, shows adult learners from Laois enjoying the many benefits of returning to education and highlights the different approaches people have to learning. Sandra Doyle, resource worker with the Adult Learning Centre in Portlaoise, explained that the video was conceived as a unique way to promote both the Adult Learners’ Festival and adult education in general. The video, which took around half a day to film, is available on youtube by simply typing ‘Laois VEC’ into the search bar.

Organised by AONTAS, the Adult Learners’ Festival celebrates the many achievements of adult learners and showcases the work of education providers. As part of the weeklong festivities, the Adult Learning Centre have organised a number of events for their students.

Yesterday (Tuesday), a group of adult learners participated in a viewing of the film ‘South Pacific’ at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, with an opportunity to discuss the film after the screening. Today (Wednesday), the learners will have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with an information officer from the Adult Education Guidance Information Service. On Thursday, a group will be given a guided tour of the GAA museum in Croke Park. Rounding off the week on Saturday is The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) Student Day 2012, a day organised by students for students. Students will have the opportunity to participate in discussions and workshops and have the chance to share their views with the NALA student committee.

Throughout the week, students will also receive FETAC certificates in a variety of subjects, covering everything from art and design and computer applications, to consumer awareness, food and nutrition, and English and maths.