STUDENTS of County Offaly VEC Adult Literacy Service have produced a collection of stories to celebrate Adult Learning Week.
The collection is called Sharing Our Stories, and features stories ranging from personal experiences of returning to learning as an adult to fictional stories and poems contributed by the Creative Writing class.
More people than ever before are returning to learning, taking advantage of enforced free time to improve reading, writing and spelling skills, and to get those all-important qualifications. Many young men in particular had left school early in recent years to take up the well-paid construction jobs that were available. Now they are making up for lost learning opportunities, and will be re-entering the workplace with higher skills and qualifications than they had held previously. Lifelong learning is now becoming the norm, where adults return at different points in their lives to learn new and relevant skills.
The atmosphere in Adult Learning classes is relaxed and friendly, and tutors and students work together as equals. One to one tuition is also available, and a number of contributions to the Sharing Our Stories booklet come from one to one students. People who return to learning always say they wish they had done it years before, as the experience is so positive. For further information contact Margaret or Alison on 057 9349424 or call in to the Offaly VEC Adult Education Centre, Third Floor, Castle Buildings, Tullamore.