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"Spread the word": International Adult Learners' Week in Canada

Marie-Claire Pître
National Adult Literacy Database

(The name of the National Adult Literacy Database [NALD] was changed to Copian on September 30, 2013.)


International Adult Learners' Week (IALW) is set aside each year to recognize the importance of learning throughout adult life. It is a great time to showcase adult learners and their commitment to learning at work, at home or in everyday life.

The theme for IALW 2012—which ran from March 24 to April 1—was "I'm still learning," reflecting the fact that we are all lifelong learners, especially in today's information economy.

To promote Canadian Adult Learners' Week, a Canada-wide partnership was created in 2012 among the Assembly of First Nations, the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the National Adult Literacy Database (www) English Hyperlink Notice (NALD), the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (an organization representing four Inuit regions) and the Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC). The theme "l'm still learning" engaged anglophone, francophone, First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in celebrations marking Canadian Adult Learners' Week.

"Change is everywhere in today's workplace," explained Bill Stirling, CEO of NALD. "New technologies, global competitors, new markets and changing standards or certifications mean that workers today are constantly dealing with change. They have to be continuous learners and problem solvers."

This year, IALW was celebrated across the country. Activities marking the event included la Grande Lecture, tribute evenings, writing contests and various performances. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada also lent its support to the event.

NALD's website includes a section on IALW in Canada that lists ideas on how to mark the event. For information on news and events concerning IALW, go to the Annual Events page in the NALD Events section. For information on news and events concerning IALW, go to the Annual Events page in the NALD Events section. [Site no longer available]

Congratulations to adult learners who have the courage to go back to school. Remember, we are all lifelong learners!