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Lifelong learning is the key: Wagga Wagga.

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Senator Ursula Stephens


Wednesday, 4 September 2002

Lifelong Learning is the Key

Lifelong learning is the key to managing change, according to Senator Ursula Stephens, speaking during Adult Learners Week, which runs from 2-8 September.

‘Adult Learners Week celebrates lifelong learning, wherever it takes place, and strives to show people who want to get back into learning how to get started,’ Senator Stephens said. ‘As well, the week provides an opportunity to celebrate Australia’s learning achievements and promote the value and diversity of lifelong learning.’

Senator Stephens drew on her experience in adult and community education in her first speech to parliament, reminding parliamentary colleagues of the importance of Adult Learners Week. Senator Stephens quoted local experiences and the support of the local radio station 2GN and the Goulburn Post for an award winning program “Reading on the Radio” that resulted in an increase in enrolments in adult learning programs in Goulburn.

This year Adult Learners Week has a particular focus on men aged 45 and over.

‘Statistically, men over 45 are least likely to participate in learning activities. This years campaign aims to show these people how learning in both formal and informal settings can help them to cope better with change and maximise their professional and personal potential.’

Senator Stephens, supporting the work of the Riverina Community College, said that as part of their ‘Living Learning’ Program, morning tea with Guest Speaker Pat Keane is being held at Riverina Community College, 94 Murray Street, Wagga Wagga on Thursday, 5th September.

For more information contact: Julieanne Lamond on 0248 228 155 or 0407 953 226.

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