South Australia has launched into Adult Learners Week with an awards ceremony recognising inspiring learners and innovative community education programs.
Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni congratulated the 2018 Adult Learners Week Award finalists.
“Each finalist has an interesting learning journey to share,” said Minister Pisoni.
“These inspiring learners come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share a passion for self-improvement through building their knowledge – this has had a profound and positive impact in each of their lives.”
Winning the Adult Learner of the Year Award is Jodi Daniels. Her story is one of courage and persistence, undertaking a path in learning despite challenging circumstances.
“Jodi began the ‘Introduction to Women’s Studies’ program at Pooraka Farm Community Centre with the ultimate goal of entering the nursing field,” said Minister Pisoni.
“Having experienced mental health concerns and violence, the supportive community-based learning environment provided Jodi with the safe space she needed to build her confidence.
“Jodi is now enrolled in a Diploma of Nursing in addition to an online Certificate IV in Mental Health and has commenced a full-time job at Salisbury Heights Primary School as a School Support Officer (SSO).
“It is great to hear these success stories - particularly the achievements through learning to career outcomes.
“Adult Learners Week begins on Sunday, 1 September, and I encourage all South Australians – regardless of age, abilities or interests – to engage with the quality learning programs on offer in their communities.”
The 2018 Adult Learners’ Week Award winners are:
Jodi Daniels from Kilburn, who won Adult Learner of the Year
Donald Bell from Craigmore, who won Aboriginal Learner of the Year
Kelly Barrett from Hilton Plaza, who won Adult Educator/Mentor of the Year
FocusOne Health in Berri won Learning program of the Year
Read more about the winners at: www.skills.sa.gov.au/events/adult-learners-week-2018