June marks the start of ‘Have a Go Month’ in which free learning activities are promoted up and down the country, from online courses to open days. Colleges, universities and community centres are invited to engage with the Festival of Learning, which awards prizes for activities in September.
The Festival of Learning is organised by Learning and Work Institute, and runs in partnership with Hotcourses. Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, writes:
“Festival of Learning is all about inspiring people to learn, highlighting the various learning opportunities available, and demonstrating the positive impacts of lifelong learning to society and the economy.”
Until 21 June, students will be able to make a submission in prose, poetry or song format, reflecting on the value of coming back to study. Entries should be submitted to the CLL Library. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries, which will also be displayed in the library and Centre’s atrium. Winners will also be invited to read out their entries at the Festival of Learning Awards Ceremony on 26 June.
Library Team Leader Simon Nelson tells us: “What we are looking for are inspiring contributions about barriers overcome and aspirations achieved that students are happy to share, and which may inspire other students in turn.
“On that note we often get entries from students who have come from difficult situations where circumstances prevented their reaching study goals, only for them to gain confidence (with the support of staff) within the friendly, multicultural environment we have at the college.”