Adult Learners’ Week 2017 launches in Canberra

Adult Learners’ Week 2017 was officially launched in Canberra at Parliament Theatre with a special screening of Indigenous writer-director Erica Glynn’s documentary In My Own Words, which explores the transformative power of reading and writing in an Indigenous community in Brewarrina, NSW. Nearly half of the adults in Brewarrina’s Indigenous community have difficulties with literacy. In my own words follows an adult literacy class organised by the Literacy for Life Foundation, an Aboriginal-run charity that uses a UNESCO-approved, Cuban-developed model designed for disadvantaged communities.

Jenny Macaffer, CEO Adult Learning Australia

Jenny opened the evening and spoke about Australia’s adult and community education sector as the gateway to lifelong learning.


Chris McCall, President Adult Learning Australia

Chris talked about the importance of the adult and community education sector.


Minister Karen Andrews

Minister Andrews launched the event with an acknowledgement of the critical and important role of adult education both for well being and to drive Australia’s future prosperity.



Mary-Ellen Mullane, NITV

Mary-Ellen shared some insights in the making of In My Own Words.


Professor Jack Beetson, Literacy for Life

Professor Beetson discussed the issue of low level Indigenous adult literacy in a Q&A session with Adult Learning Australia Board member Sally Brennan.


Performance by the Canberra Pop-up Choir



Adult Learners’ Week 2017 launches in Canberra