Proof that learning does not have to be about getting back into work!

ECA member the Manchester Learning Skills Employment Network (LSEN) organised the showcase event, with the support of NIACE and other partners, in the city on the 19th May.

The event was attended by 95 individuals and showcased a number of projects across the North West which were successful in drawing down project funding from the Transformation Fund, one of the key elements of the Learning Revolution White Paper. The event highlighted the good practice that is developing in informal and formal learning that is offered across the North West and also highlighted the fact that learning does not always have to be about gaining qualifications or getting back into work.

As well as showcasing the innovative and thought provoking work of those Transformation Fund projects they used the event to showcase a number of projects around Manchester which they felt also contribute to the growing agenda around informal and self organised learning.

The morning session was opened with a presentation from Paul Miller, the Managing Director of the School of Everything - a major national organisation that has played a key role in the roll out of the Learning Revolution across the country

ECA Chair & CEO Bernard Godding gave two presentations during the event. He told the audience how he had been present at the NIACE meeting 20 years ago when Adult Learners Week was first proposed and the measure of how popular adult learning is can be seen by the fact that the initiative is still going strong after 19 years with thousands having received awards and similar adult learning celebrations now being seen around the world.

Bernard also presented certificates of achievement to those learners who were nominated for NIACE Adult Learners’ Week awards but did not make it through to the final stages. During the presentation he paid tribute to the personal steps taken by adult learners which can change their lives and how they and other people view them.

The event finished with an inspirational performance by a 25 member Community Choir called Golden Voices which brought the whole audience together and very succinctly showed what can be achieved through learning and proved that learning can be fun and inclusive. Learners were also invited by Walt Crowson, LSEN Co-ordinator and ECA trustee, to share their stories with the audience.

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Adult learners at LSEN event Participants at LSEN event

Date Added: May 20th 2010