“I am absolutely committed to adult learning”

During an interview with the Guardian on June 16th John Hayes, the newly appointed Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, talked about the importance of adult learning, especially during the economic downturn.

He stated that "Life, when things are tough, doesn't have to be miserable, people who are satisfied and whose potential is met through learning are more joyful as a result. Adult education is arguably all the more important in the current economic climate." He illustrated this point with the story of an unemployed 56-year-old man who gained enough confidence to apply for jobs by attending dance classes in his spare time.

He went on to talk about the improvements in physical and mental health that many adults gain through attendance at evening classes and how these improvements can encourage people back into work and help to build tight communities.

Hayes promised that there would be a renewed commitment to adult learning, stating that both he and Prime Minister David Cameron were both “absolutely committed to adult learning” and that “We will make a bold case for it”.

To read the interview please visit the Guardian website at http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/jun/16/adult-night-classes-john-hayes

Date Added: June 18th 2010