Andrey works at a local quarry where the work is hard and dirty and the hours are long. He knew the place inside out and was the ‘go to’ person when it came to getting things done. But when he was promoted to second-in-charge he was hesitant. Having never completed high school he was worried about tackling the more formal side of the management role and worried it might be beyond his skills. Read More “Andrey realizes his potential”
In October 2016 Samuel saw an ad on TV for Reading Writing Hotline with a phone number for help and realised it was time to make the call. He was at a point in his life where his problems with literacy were taking their toll. Read More “Samuel is an advocate for adult literacy”
Sue began work doing light duties as a volunteer at Pangerang Community House after she had acquired a brain injury. Soon she enrolled in a beginners computer class to re-learn skills and regain her confidence. Read More “Sue inspires others”
As an early school leaver and to satisfy government mutual obligation requirements, Josephine began full-time in the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program in September 2015, studying Foundation Skills. At first Josephine resisted her lessons saying that she’d left school in year 8 because she hated school as well as the teachers. Read More “Josephine has big ambitions”
Judy struggled with reading and writing all through primary school and she did not continue into high school. She tried enrolling in adult literacy classes 19 years ago but found the prospect of re-entering a learning environment too stressful, especially after years of being put down because she wasn’t able to read and write. Read More “Judy’s world has changed”
You don’t have to go any further than your local library if you’re looking for proof that learning has the power to change lives. Check out our top 8 list of books, films, plays and TV shows that will give you all the evidence you need. Read More “Finding inspiration”
Getting involved in the arts is good for older people’s physical health and well-being, new research has found. In fact it’s so good that doctors in Sydney are now prescribing art classes instead of medication as an antidote to stress, anxiety, bereavement and even chronic pain. Read More “Young at HeART”
Learning a new language is great exercise for the brain. It’s handy when you travel. But it’s also a great way to meet new people and break down barriers between cultures. Here are some tips on making a language class work for you.
Bike-riding is an ability most of us take for granted but there are people who have made it into adulthood without experiencing the joy of travelling on two wheels. The good news is that it’s never too late to learn. Read More “Learning on two wheels”
This year’s theme for Adult Learners Week is how learning changes lives. But nothing changes your life more than becoming a parent. But it’s not something you learn at school. We’re expected to pick it up somewhere along the way, presumably by watching how others do it.