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WEA and U3A courses empower adult students


Participants in two adult education groups are showing that every day in life can be a school day if you have the right support to encourage lifelong learning.

The Workers' Educational Association (WEA) and the University of the Third Age (U3A) offer adults across the country the chance to develop skills and increase their understanding of the world they inhabit. Cultural and public interest topics are important for both groups, and the European Parliament Information Office has delivered talks to both these groups on the work of the European Parliament and the elected MEPs. Topics raised at the sessions include the environment, trade and democracy, and participants have said that the experience has increased their knowledge and helped them understand the wider context of media headlines.

"We are really enjoying the WEA sessions….lots of solid information, and a very engaged group. Many thanks!" said one of the participants at a recent WEA event in Exeter in April.

The WEA is the largest provider of adult education in the voluntary sector, and since 1903 it has brought together volunteers and tutors to deliver courses on a range of subjects. Similarly the U3A, supported by the Third Age Trust, aims to give retired and semi-retired people life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities through learning and sharing experiences.

The courses are taking place across England with sessions further sessions planned in Halifax, Hanley, Hull, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

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