Fredericton, March 25, 2014 – Adult Learners’ Week (ALW) is being observed this year from March 29 to April 6 and championed by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) with support from some of Canada’s leading lifelong learning organizations including Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning, Réseau pour le développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC), the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN), CAPLA and the Canadian Federation of University Women.
Across Canada, organizations are busy promoting lifelong and life-wide learning and encouraging Canadians to participate in this year’s themes that address the concepts of participation, inclusion, equity and quality in adult learning. Many slogans are being used including I’m still learning, How about you? Where do you learn? and 1001 Ways to Learn.
ALW celebrates all kinds of training, whether it aims to enhance professional skills, employability or personal development. It’s important to remember that informal learning happens everywhere and ALW gives us an occasion to reflect on the importance of learning, wherever and however it happens.
Adult Learners’ Week in Canada provides an occasion to reflect on the future of adult education and training, as well as on recognition of prior learning (RPL). According to the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), skills are the new global currency. To stay competitive in the new economy, all of us – governments, employers and employees alike – need to make investing in skills development a priority.
For information on what is taking place during ALW, visit the following online centres: COPIAN, CCU, SQAF, and the joint RESDAC/CLLN/COPIAN Facebook page dedicated to ALW. Do not hesitate to jump in and promote ALW. Tools and resources are available for you to use.
Have a happy Adult Learners’ Week.
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For more information:
Research and Communications Officer
Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning
Office 506.457.6900 # 107
Toll free 1.800.720.6253