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Adult Learners' Week cancelled

By Jean Gunn

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Adult Learners' Week cancelled in Scotland.
Adult Learners' Week cancelled in Scotland.

Local group among those missing out due to the cancellation of Adult Learners' Week (ALW) in Scotland.

The national learners' forum has taken the unprecedented decision to cancel next week's event – the first time in 30 years. Scheduled to start on Monday (September 20), the event will not go ahead due to a delay in funding.

A spokesperson from Scotland's Learning Partnership explained: Last year we moved the ALW’s activities online to help flatten the coronavirus curve and keep everyone safe, but this did not help us reach many of the target groups we would normally want to work with.

"For this reason, for the 2021 campaign year the learners had some big plans to bring the week to life with some in-person and online sessions." However, the funding they were expecting to have received for Covid recovery to enable the start-up of local classes has not arrived as yet, and this means that many cannot afford to take the risk of spending their own precious resources on ALW without the financial reassurance of replacement funds.

Adult learning received no financial support locally over the past 18 months so many of the groups are using funds that are depleting fast.

The news was announced as the International Learners' Week drew to a close for 2021.

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