Five Reasons to get involved with Festival of Learning’s ‘Have a Go’ Month

Every year we encourage organisations to hold free taster sessions and learning activities for adults to discover the benefits of learning and to inspire them to take their first steps into education since school. Here’s our top five reasons why your organisation should get involved in 2019. 1. Inspire more adults to get into learning   …

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We need to inspire and encourage future female entrepreneurs

Winning the Festival of Learning 2018 Tutor award was not only a huge shock but also a very humbling experience.  Since then, I have continued teaching but it has given me a boost to know that I do make a difference. I learn new things every day, often from my learners. This is one of…

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We all deserve the chance to be the best version of ourselves

I am a resilient woman.  If someone tries to knock me down, I simply rise up even stronger than before.  I am a survivor. I am in control of my life.  I will not allow others to mistreat me.  I am no longer silenced.  Today is International Women’s Day and I thought I would never…

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Every learning process creates change in different dimensions

In 2015, my family and I settled down in the UK and we turned the page into a new life. It was really exciting and wonderful but it was scary as well. I finished university in my country, but I needed to develop my English. I think if you do not know the language of the country you live in, you cannot be free. I never felt free while I…

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Winning a Festival of Learning award means we can continue our work

The Festival of Learning 2019 award nominations are now open. Here at Elatt in East London, we are so pleased that we were shortlisted for the awards in 2018, and that our project Equal Voices won the President’s Award for exceptional achievement in adult learning. Equal Voices supports migrant and refugee women to become community…

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Everything is possible when persistent hard work is invested

Moving to England from Syria brought a range of challenges, including a new language. Determined to integrate into my new country I learnt to speak English and found a new career.  I studied English in Syria but the opportunities to use it in daily life were few and far between. Living in England, I hesitated to communicate because I was afraid of making mistakes in my speech. I soon…

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Festival of Learning awards are a great opportunity for you to recognise the achievements of someone you know

In 2017, I was nominated for a Festival of Learning award. I had recently completed a course with the School for Social Entrepreneurs on how to start up a social enterprise. My personal journey to doing this course has been a long one. I had a head injury when I was 19. The outlook for…

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Winning the award was the best thing that had happened to me in a while!

In 2018, I won Festival of Learning’s Learning for Work Award. For many years, I worked in a nursery and stumbled onto some hard times with my home life and the breakdown of my marriage. I decided to take some time off work to get my life back on track and pursue some further training…

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My Festival of Learning award has been a key that has unlocked closed doors

I was made redundant at the end of 2014 and didn’t know what I was going to do next.   I had always liked flowers and with my redundancy money I was able to take time out to study. I chose floristry and nervously enrolled as a new girl at Capel Manor College in Enfield and…

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Tell us about the learners, tutors, projects and employers that have been inspiring you!

One of my favourite moments of 2018 took place on 12 June at the RSA in London, watching Tracey Everitt make her way to the stage to accept her Festival of Learning 2018 Learning for Work award. Tracey left school without any qualifications and had reached a point in her life where she felt she…

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