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Learning Works and Open Doors to Adult Learners Awards

An awards ceremony is being held in London on the 25th of May to celebrate the successes of Adult Learning as part of Adult Learners” Week, proving the strength of Adult Learning in providing opportunities to the community. The Learning at Work Day Awards Ceremony, which is being organised by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), will celebrate both individual accomplishments (through the Learning Works Awards) and projects that provide creative opportunities and encourage adults to learn (Opening Doors to Adult Learners Awards).

The Right Hon. Bill Rammell, Minister for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning, will be presenting some of the awards at the ceremony, which will take place at Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf, London. He congratulates the winners, saying: “Adult Learners Week is all about promoting the power of learning, the huge rewards it has on offer and the difference it makes. I can”t think of a better way of encouraging those who assume learning is not for them than highlighting real examples of people and communities that have benefited from learning.”

Learning and The Camera

Hosting this year’s awards will be Moira Stewart, who feels a close affinity with adult learners from her work in front of the camera. She says: “The nervousness and exhilaration felt the first time I faced the camera is probably similar to what adult learners feel when they go back to learning. But we know through commitment, dedication and perseverance we are able to achieve through all odds, boosting confidence and encouraging us to carry on.”

The winners of the 2005 Learning Works Awards are: Christopher Cook from Accrington, Peter Fewell from St Leonards-on-Sea, Kiela Price from Chesterfield, Balbira Sandhar from Leamington Spa, Gurpreet Kaur Singh from Bradford and Robert Williams from London. The winners of the 2005 Opening Doors to Adult Learners Awards are: Community and Family Learning PALS Project and the Intergenerational Computer Project, both from London, Enable from Birmingham, Newcastle College Trade Union Learning Centre, North Glasgow Housing Association Project and Sheffield Gypsy Driving Theory Project.

Jethro Marsh

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