Family Learning Week
Family Learning Week is opportunity for people to let family members know what they are learning, how learning can be fun and make them aware that learning is for all the family.
Family Learning Week 2010
The weeklong event, 25th September – 2nd October, was coordinated by Brian McQuillan the Glasgow East Learning Network’s Network Learning Support Officer in partnership with local community organisations including:
- FUSE Youth Café,
- Calvay Centre,
- Sandyhills community and Learning Centre,
- The Connie,
- Bishoploch Residents’ Hall.
During the Fuse session, 41 young people streamed music and video from YouTube, checked their Bebo, MSN pages and used graphic design programs like Fireworks with the help of the IT tutor.
Dylan, at the Fuse, said,
“I think it’s good that the IT suite is opening for all ages. I’d be willing to help people use the computers.”
Marie Cooke the FUSE Project Manager said,
“FUSE members are thrilled that they now can invite their parents and grandparents to come and use the IT learning suite here on weekdays – and are keen to share their own computer skills with them in the future.”
At the Calvay centre six people took part during the IT class. The IT tutor Tunweer Malik said:
“Family learning gives family members the opportunity to develop and update IT skills in a fun and friendly environment.”
Surfing at Sandyhills
Seven local people attended the Sandyhills session where they ‘surfed the net’. Concierge manager Charlie McKay said,
“We are now in the second year of the learning centre at Sandyhills and the aim of the centre is to bring back the community spirit into the area and also give the residents a chance to learn new skills and meet new friends.”
Three generation family at the Connie
Eleven local people of all ages took part in the session at the Connie, with three generations of a family attending. Local volunteer and Grandmother Eleanor McLaughlin said;
“It’s good that all ages can use the computers in the Connie. You can learn together as a family, my daughter and granddaughter are here with me today. I think more families should learn together, and if I can do it anyone can.”
“It’s fantastic that people of all ages have the opportunity to use the computers to learn for free and we are grateful that John Wheatley College provides the IT tutor”.
Bishoploch After School Club
Twelve young people from the Bishoploch after-school club enjoyed internet searches, downloading pictures to colour in and playing internet games. Pauline McKenzie from the Bishoploch Residents’ Hall said;
“It’s good that the College encourages people to use the computers, learning is not just for young people, it’s for people of all ages and you’re never too old to have fun learning”
Brian McQuillan, Network Learning Support Officer said;
“Family learning week provides an opportunity for people of all ages to showcase their learning to their families and encourage them to experience and participate in local learning”.
If you want to know more about the Family Learning Week, take part or organise a learning activity, please contact Brian McQuillan.
Family Learning Week Background
Family Learning Week is a national awareness campaign that raises awareness of the importance and scope of family learning to potential participants, practitioners and key influencers.
The first national Family Learning Day was during Adult Learners' Week in 1997. This became Family Learning Weekend in 1999, Family Learning Week in 2004 and Family Learning month for 2008. In 2010 we've gone for a Week long campaign which takes place at the end of September.
For more information about the national campaign for Family Learning Week
Scotland’s Learning Partnership (SLP), which is a national partnership of adult learners and providers in Scotland. Our members are adult learners and learning providers.