ALW in Australia
Australia, along with South Africa and Jamaica, picked up on the success of Adult Learners’ Week in the UK, and in 1995 the first Australian ALW was organised.
Today Adult Learners’ Week is celebrated annually with hundreds of events and activities designed to promote the benefits of learning – in the home, at work and in the community – and to highlight the many options available. It also provides an opportunity for informed discussion about the current provision of adult learning in Australia and to consider what improvements are needed to take Australia forward.
Many of the most successful events take place in venues that adults find accessible, friendly, and familiar, such as community centres, neighbourhood houses, libraries, men’s sheds or community halls.
By the year 2000, 40 countries organised an Adult Learners’ Week and the international community of Adult Learners’ Week nations continues to grow.