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|Adult Learners' Week launched at Stormont|
|Written by Colin Neilands|
|Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:17|
Adult Learners' Week was launched in style in the Long Gallery, Stormont yesterday with providers and learners from all sectors joined by MLAs in a celebration of adult learning.
The Long Gallery was lined with stalls representing some of the variety of organisations that contribute to adult learning and demonstrated the importance of a diversity of approaches to mirror the different needs of learners.
There was also a video display from OCNNI and WEA telling the stories of adult learners engaging in a wide range of learning.
Those present heard of a further two examples of adult provision, one based in the community and the other in the workplace and most importantly heard from learners involved in each. On a day which saw the debate at the Assembly of the dissolution of DEL and the redistribution of its responsibilities, it was important to remind our decision-makers that central to their deliberations should be the needs of learners, prsent and future and the value of supporting a variety of appropriate access points to learning.
The launch was organised by FALNI (Forum for Adult Learning NI), with the support of the Employment and Learning Committee and the Big Lottery.
FALNI members include: Age NI, Colleges NI, EGSA, ICTU, NICVA, OCNNI, OU, RCN, UCU, WEA and WRDA.