Adult learning good for all

ADULT LEARNING GOOD FOR US ALL: Adult educators have been on the streets during Adult Learners’ Week — He Tangata Matauranga — to celebrate the value of lifelong learning. Adult Literacy Turanga manager Rene Babbington (pictured) says the week is a reminder that lifelong learning is vital for a rich, rewarding life and worthy of a conversation. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

THERE is now solid evidence of a relationship between learning and mental agility as people age, and adult learning is good for everyone, says Literacy Turanga manager Rene Babbington.

“Adult learners of all ages and backgrounds report benefits like better self-esteem, greater tolerance, confidence and career prospects.”

The week incorporated International Literacy Day on September 8. This year, Adult Literacy Turanga had a number of promotions and on Saturday in collaboration with Ka Pai Kaiti, Adult Literacy Turanga were at the Kaiti Mall market with activities including live music. An exhibition of learners’ work and a free sausage sizzle rounded out the week.

THERE is now solid evidence of a relationship between learning and mental agility as people age, and adult learning is good for everyone, says Literacy Turanga manager Rene Babbington.

“Adult learners of all ages and backgrounds report benefits like better self-esteem, greater tolerance, confidence and career prospects.”

The week incorporated International Literacy Day on September 8. This year, Adult Literacy Turanga had a number of promotions and on Saturday in collaboration with Ka Pai Kaiti, Adult Literacy Turanga were at the Kaiti Mall market with activities including live music. An exhibition of learners’ work and a free sausage sizzle rounded out the week.

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