What is the festival of learning all about?
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The festival of learning’s mission is to encourage people to embrace the path of lifelong learning.

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Previously called Adult Learners’ Week, it also celebrates achievements of adult learners in England.

It seeks to highlight the difference people have made to their lives and the lives of those around them through continued learning.

The initiative shows how transformative further education can be in the lives of people and their communities.

This month, June, is the ‘Have a Go’ month where organisations and learning providers will host events to encourage people to learn something new.

For people considering learning something new, ‘Have a Go’ month is exactly what they need to get started.

The Festival of Learning encourages organisations and colleges to host free ‘taster’ events throughout ‘Have a Go’ month, for those who may be considering taking a course, from art to coding, there is something that everyone can learn.

You can type in your postcode on the Festival of Learning affiliate site and find out what events you can attend near you.

Popular taster events include; basic computer and social media sessions, basic first aid, mindfulness, archaeology, sewing, health and social care, maths and healthy lifestyle.

Learning providers who are not already involved are encouraged to log on and register an event to inspire people to take up learning with open days, taster events and any other free learning activities.

The Festival of Learning provides everything learning providers need to get started to promote and host an event in June.

Each year The Festival of Learning awards people who have excelled in their lifelong learning journey such as: Inspirational Tutor of the Year, Employer of the Year, Project of the Year, Social Impact award, Learning for Work, Outstanding Individual Learner, and European Social fund award.

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