#ALW2019 – What are you waiting for? – Register your events early to win

Adult Learners’ Week in Australia
Sunday, 1 September, 2019 to Sunday, 8 September, 2019

Adult Learners’ Week is celebrated at the beginning of Spring with hundreds of events and activities promoting the benefits of learning. There are so many opportunities to learn available across Australia.

Adult Learners’ Week is a UNESCO initiative supported in Australia by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and coordinated by Adult Learning Australia. Adult Learners’ Week runs from 1–8 September and incorporates International Literacy Day, which is celebrated annually on September 8.

Adult Learners’ Week in Australia is part of an international festival of adult learning.

The move to create broad celebration of adult learning began with the American Association for the Advancement of Education (AAAE) in the late 1980s. In 1990, governments met in Jomtien for the Education for All world conference. The aim of this conference was to set goals for:

  • universal access to and completion of primary education
  • reducing the adult illiteracy rate to one half its 1990 level by 2000.

While there is a growing demand for adult education and an explosion of information, the disparities between those who have access and those who do not are also growing. There is a need to counter this polarity, which reinforces existing inequalities, by creating adult learning structures and lifelong learning environments that can help to correct the prevalent trend.

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Adult Learners Week 2019


It's that time again, and we are very excited to announce this year's theme:

‘What are you waiting for?’

This year's theme is all about promoting the idea that there’s no time like the present to transform your life through learning.

Make a difference

People need access to lifelong learning opportunities at every stage of their lives in order to build skills and knowledge, fulfil their own aspirations and to contribute effectively in their communities.

Adult Learners Week is all about promoting these ideas and highlighting the awesome work of the adult education sector.


Early bird grants and event prizes!

Get your #ALW2019 events registered on the Adult Learners Week website before 1 August 2019 and you will have the chance to win 1 of 20 x $200.00 grants. You can use this money to help you run an awesome event during Adult Learners Week. Register now.


Supporting adult learners


There are 3 x $1000 #ALW2019 scholarships for outstanding adult learners to enable them to continue learning either by taking a new learning pathway or continuing on an existing one.

We’re inviting adult education providers around Australia to nominate adult learners whose commitment and motivation makes them stand out from the rest. We’re looking for adults for whom learning has made a big difference in their lives. Nominate here.


#ALW2019 resources

Adult Learning Australia will be coordinating an #ALW2019 national media strategy. Plus there are heaps of resources available on the ALW website so you can brand your #ALW2019 events. Check them out here. The new ALW posters and bookmarks will be forwarded to you in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for them.

Help us make it great!

The real success of Adult Learners Week comes down to your involvement. You can help by registering and running fantastic ALW events in your communities using the ALW resources. We will be doing everything we can on a national level to promote the Week.

After you register your event/s remember to share it on social media using the hashtag #ALW2019. We will be doing the same on the ALW Facebook page.

Please help us make this year a massive success. If you need anything, give us a call on 1300ILEARN or email us at info@ala.asn.au.





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