Copian’s Feature of the Month gives us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on a new initiative, a document, organization, program, event or website that we’d like to recognize for its contributions to learning and essential skills in Canada. (See also our archived features which go back to September 2008)
Our feature this month shines the spotlight on Adult Learners’ Week (March 29 to April 6, 2014) and the special web resource page that Copian has created to mark the occasion each year.
Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning has dedicated a section of its website to Adult Learners’ Week (ALW) which is being observed this year from March 29 to April 6. Initiated by UNESCO in the year 2000, this is an important occasion for celebrating adults in education programs who have embarked on a life-long and life-wide learning journey.
The focus of ALW this year is on participation, inclusion, equity and quality. UNESCO reminds countries that it is important to strive to overcome barriers that limit the capacity of all adult learners to participate in programs. It is also vital to recognize that all adult learners have the right to receive quality support services regardless of their personal circumstances. These suggestions are part of an overarching goal of achieving just, inclusive, peaceful and sustainable societies, UNESCO says.
ALW also provides an occasion to reflect on the future of adult education and training, and on what skills will be required in this ever-changing world, where the best resource of teachers and learners, for the time being, involves mobile technology.
Copian readers are invited to submit news items related to ALW. If you know of news happening in your area or you come across an interesting adult learning story online, let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Copian’s ALW web page features headline news, resources and ideas on how to mark the occasion.
Copian would like to recognize the work of its partners for ALW, including the various provincial/territorial literacy coalitions and the following national organizations: Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment, Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC), and Canadian Federation of University Women.
In Quebec, Semaine québécoise des adultes en formation is observed during the same week as ALW: http://www.adultlearner.ca/
For more information on ALW, contact Marie-Claire Pître, research and communications officer at Copian, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.