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
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
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
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
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
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.
Classes that tap your creativity can be a great way to improve mental health and help you relax. You don’t have to be a Van Gogh or a Picasso to get the benefit of art classes. All it takes is a willingness to have a go.
How many times have you heard someone say they’re ‘no good at maths’? And yet we live in a world where confidence with numbers is more important than ever. Maybe the trick is to simply look at maths in a different way.
Most people think of formal schooling, TAFE or Uni when they think of learning. But nowadays with increasing technological change and more Australians moving away from traditional networks of family and friends, we need to keep learning way beyond the time of our formal education. Read more