Family Learning Week fun

This year’s Family Learning Week has been even more successful than ever in Merton. During 7 – 15 October, Merton Adult Education organized over 60 classes for families across the borough.

Some of the events that took place were a fun day at Hill House Community Centre. Mini learning sessions were put on such as making mosaics, hand massage and recycling materials. Information on further education was offered and there was also a food tasting table and a nurse to give blood pressure and weight checks, attracting over 60 families.

Liberty Primary School was one of only two primary schools in the country to close for half the day to promote the value of learning as a family. They invited all parents and carers in for an afternoon in the school and held 26 different family learning sessions, in total 215 adults attended the school to take part.

One member of the public summed up Family Learning Week in their evaluation of a session with “Family Learning makes me realise how important it is to spend time working with my child.”

Caroline regularly attends family learning events. Since starting with a family learning course, she has gone on further studies at Merton Adult Education.

She said:

“The whole point of family learning was about being involved with your children. Seeing me study helps encourage my children to study. In a sense it is about showing them learning is not just about when you’re a child, it is lifelong.”

Councillor Maurice Groves, Cabinet Member for Community Services said:

“This year, even more families enjoyed family learning week together at Merton Adult Education and Merton Libraries. This will give our young residents a head start for their future academic career and help older residents find out about further educational opportunities available to them in Merton.”