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Senator Stephens launches Adult Learners' Week 2008

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Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Prime Minister for Social Inclusion 02 July, 2008

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Senator Stephens Launches Adult Learners' Week 2008

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion, Senator Ursula Stephens, was today delighted to launch Adult

Learners’ Week 2008.

Every year, Adult Learners Australia coordinates and manages events all over the country for Adult Learners’

Week - to raise awareness about and celebrate adult learning.

Dr Stephens said the rapid pace of technological and industrial change has placed new demands on today’s


“Adult education provides people with the skills and knowledge they need to adapt to these new demands,” Dr

Stephens said.

“The Rudd Government also recognises the benefits and opportunities adult learning provides to boost skills

and engage people in their communities.

“The Government is therefore committed to supporting and sponsoring adult education as part of our Social

Inclusion agenda,” said Dr Stephens.

“I congratulate adult learning providers for the diverse range of courses and services they offer, and the mix of

teaching methods and learning environments.”

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Adult Learners’ Week is part of an international festival of adult learning, and was celebrated in Australia for

the first time in 1995.

Funding for the event, which will take place between 1 and 8 September, is being provided by the Department

of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Globally, Adult Learners’ Week commenced in the United Kingdom in 1992 and now takes place in more than

40 countries.

Dr Stephens encouraged local communities to take part in this significant event.

“Organisations and participants alike can get involved by becoming a Face of Adult Learners’ Week, a Learn @

Work Day Partner or a Friend of Adult Learners’ Week,” Dr Stephens said.

For more information about Adult Learners’ Week, or to find out how to get involved, go


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