Province Recognizes Adult Learners
The province is recognizing four Nova Scotians for their powerful stories about how learning has changed their lives. The four winners of a Literacy Nova Scotia contest, read their stories at a UNESCO International Adult Learner’s Week event today, April 12, in Halifax. Nancy MacDougall of Sydney, who will soon graduate from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, said returning to school was one of the scariest things she’s done. “I dropped out of high-school at age 17 and I have regretted it ever since,” Ms. MacDougall said. “What a great feeling of accomplishment I carry with me now. I will walk across the stage this year to graduate with my head held high. As it turns out, it was not scary at all.” “A common theme among the contest winners is a determination to continue their education,” said Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra, on behalf of Frank Corbett, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Our adult learning programs are not only changing lives for the better, they’re preparing Nova Scotians for a better future.” Ariel Harper Nave, Rukhsora Sangova and Ryan Maisonneuve, all from Halifax, are the other contest winners. Jayne Hunter, executive director, Literacy Nova Scotia, said stories like those of the four winners are being told across the province. “Hundreds of adult learners participating in school, community or workplace education programs, talk about how improving their literacy and essential skills have given them a new confidence about their future. As champions of adult learning, they are an inspiration for all of us to be life-long learners.” Ms. Nave said the Older Wiser Labourforce Program is giving her exceptional training and preparation as she prepares to return to the workplace. “The adult learning program has been invaluable to me,” she said. “My confidence has been restored, my skills have been upgraded, and I feel ready to re-enter the world of work.” Mr. Preyra congratulated all of the contest winners. “These inspiring stories will serve to motivate others to follow in your footsteps and pursue new learning opportunities,” he said. “That will, in turn, improve their opportunity for success.” He also thanked Literacy Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning and the many other community, seniors’ and workplace organizations dedicated to supporting adult learning. “Such efforts are helping Nova Scotians gain the skills they need to personally grow and succeed, and the skills our province needs to reach its full economic potential.” UNESCO’s International Adult Learner’s Week, April 6 to 14, celebrates the achievements of adult learners, the organizations that support them, and the value and rewards of life-long learning. For more information on adult learning in Nova Scotia, go to http://careers.novascotia.ca or call 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725).