Centre for Lifelong Learning celebrates Adult Learners’ Week in style

06 June 2014

Angelika Rafaelova receiving her award from NIACE Deputy Chief Executive Tom Stannard, Sarah Gyohannes and CLL Careers Coordinator Julie-Donna Best

Inspiring adult learners from City and Islington College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) have been recognised for their dedication, talent and triumph over adversity at an annual awards ceremony.

Coinciding with national Adult Learners’ Week staff, students and guests were treated to a fantastic array of musical performances, poetry readings and inspiring stories from former and current adult learners.

Special guests included the Deputy Chief Executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Tom Stannard, who said: “Adult Learners’ Week is a massive national campaign and I am proud to be here to celebrate your success with you.

“Continued adult learning is so important to our economy and our communities. It provides the training and learning to get adults back in to employment, it helps develop and sustain our communities and also provides a lot of fun and enjoyment to countless individuals across the country.”

"At this Centre, we firmly believe that learning is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere"

Angelika, originally from the Czech Republic, came to study ESOL at the College three years ago after being made homeless. Since then she has learnt English, turned her life around and is preparing to seek employment.

Angelika said: “This College has helped me so much. I have had a hard life, but this Centre has been perfect for me. I have two sons who I would also like to come and learn at the Centre too. I cannot thank the staff here enough for the support they have given me.”

Grant Glendinning, Centre Director for CLL, said: “At this Centre, we firmly believe that learning is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere it goes for the rest of their lives. The last few years have been very difficult for adult courses and the sector in general. But nights like tonight reflect that we are more focused than ever on providing adults with the skills they need to achieve their ambitions and improve their lives.”

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