Cultural Playing Field

Informal adult learning and the voluntary arts by Robin Simpson
May 20, 2008, 3:45 pm
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On Monday I was in London to take part in a third sector round-table event as part of the informal adult learning consultation being undertaken by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. This was the last of six round table events consulting different groups of stakeholders. I was one of a dozen representatives of the voluntary and community sector given the opportunity to discuss issues around informal adult learning directly with the Minister for Skills, David Lammy. I strongly encouraged the Minister to work with the existing voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisations, including the voluntary arts umbrella bodies. I was also keen to link the need to help people find informal learning opportunities with our desire to develop better ‘signposting’ to opportunities to participate in the arts and crafts – not through some giant top-down government IT solution but by developing links between existing networks to create an organic and sustainable web of information. The informal adult learning consultation deadline has been extended to 12 June – full details at

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I hope you’ll allow me to add to your report on Adult Learners’ Week that the Esperanto Association of Britain offers a free Esperanto postal course. Suitable for those who would like a quick taster, this course gives an overview of the language in twelve bite-sized portions. Once you have received the first lesson, simply return your answers with an SAE. Your volunteer tutor will reply with guidance and the next lesson. All you pay is postage! Tel: 0845 230 1887 or write to:
Esperanto Education
Esperanto House
Station Road
ST12 9DE

Comment by Bill Chapman

It was good to see Bill Chapman’s suggestion.
If anyone wants to take an on-line course instead please check out

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