Adult Learners Week



I’m still learning!

29 March – 6 April, 2014

Adult Learners’ Week (ALW) celebrates lifelong learning, one of several essential factors in developing more inclusive societies. ALW, which was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2000, is celebrated in many countries where there is a growing interest in lifelong learning and its positive role in developing viable societies.

Adult Learners’ Week in Canada upholds the fundamental principles specified in a Declaration of principles [PDF, 123.8 KB]prepared by five partners. These values in relation to adult learning are:

  • Equitable access
  • A participatory approach in developing policies on training and prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR)
  • Advice, counseling and support for all adult learners in using a variety of learning methods
  • A critical, forward-looking vision
  • Promoting a culture of lifelong learning
  • Respect for all types of knowledge

Call to action

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO urges everyone involved in preparing ALW – learners, trainers, learning support assistants, PLAR specialists and others – to work together and use this opportunity to encourage each other, listen to each other, and share successes and experiences. I’m still learning! encourages each of us to realize our potential and work better and more effectively to achieve our goals. Examples of previous ALW activities in Canada For everything to do with ALW 2014 in Canada, visit the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD)

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