Whether formal, non-formal or informal, learning can have a huge impact on the lives of adults...
Formal learning can lead to qualifications that encourage a learner to continue with their education or embark on a career. Non-formal learning may not result in qualifications, but will provide a structured process whereby a learner can obtain new skills, for example language skills or learning to play a musical instrument. Informal learning may be more obscure, but often results in the acquisition of little gems of knowledge that can benefit many aspects of someone’s life – think your grandmother showing you how she makes an easy apple pie, which you now make as a weekend treat and can have ready on the table within a short time of starting the preparation process – this saves you time and effort, and is something you really enjoy sharing with the important people in your life.
No matter what kind of learning takes place, a learner can gain essential life skills and soft skills that may allow them to become part of a bigger community, build confidence, combat isolation and develop social and civic skills and lead to further learning.
During July and August, EPALE UK accepted photo submissions for the Star Supporter Photo Competition. Users submitted photographs that demonstrated an impact on adult learning, whether formal, non-formal or informal. These were accompanied by text captions of up to 200 words that explained what the photographs showed and demonstrated how learning positively impacts on adults.
The winner will receive the prize of a polaroid phone printer worth £100 and will be invited to attend our annual conference in October 2019.
Competition submissions are showcased below and can still be viewed, although voting has now closed. Please feel free to continue to comment and like these excellent entries and keep the adult education discussion going!