International Adult Learners Week

Last year, Alberta marked September 8th – 14th, 2002 as its first International Adult Learners Week, with the theme – Explore the Possibilities. Also celebrated for the first time nationally in Canada, the week began with International Literacy Day on September 8th, 2002, offering an important opportunity for Canadians to jointly celebrate literacy and adult learning.

International Adult Learners Week is the result of a sustained effort by non-government organizations around the world to promote a culture of learning throughout life. Co-ordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Adult Learners Week is currently celebrated in over 40 countries. The week is aimed at promoting learning in all its forms, at all levels of society and throughout life. Celebrations primarily focus on promotional campaigns and media events.

For the first year, the objectives were:

to raise awareness about International Adult Learners Week
to raise awareness among the public of the joy of learning
to mobilize a wide range of partners to celebrate adult learning
With this in mind, Community Adult Learning Councils joined the rest of Canada in celebrating our first International Adult Learners Week. We encourage you to continue the celebration and explore the possibilities. Active participation in lifelong learning helps us enhance our personal development and also fosters an enhanced quality of life, both for us as individuals as well as for our communities.

For more information on International Adult Learners Week, visit:
or contact the Community Adult Learning Council in your area.