Merton Adult Education wins Family Learning award

Merton Adult Education has been named the winner of the 2006 Best Family Learning Week Photograph Award.

The winning photo, taken at an event held at Liberty Primary School, captures the joy and spirit of Family Learning Week by showing Mark Stevens and his son Louis sharing the fun of a dough making activity, both covered in dough and smiling widely.

The prize was £100 and a certificate from the organisers of Family Learning Week, Campaign for Learning, presented on 12 March at a prestigious national family learning conference in London.

Merton Adult Education is one of thousands of organisations that take part annually in Family Learning Week, organising fun and informal learning activities across the borough including arts and craft activities, language classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, football challenges, music and dance workshops.

Councillor Maurice Groves, Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “Learning is important regardless of age and it is wonderful that Merton Adult Education offers families a chance to discover how much fun it can be to learn something new together.”

Linda Siegle, Joint Chief Executive of the Campaign for Learning said:
“Family Learning Week can really make a difference in the community, bringing families together to learn in an environment they feel comfortable in. But its success would not happen without the efforts of organisations like Merton Adult Education and Liberty Primary School. Their winning photograph has managed to portray the message of the Week, that learning is fun for everyone and needn’t be complicated or scary. Even the most simple activities can have the huge rewards.”

Shae McCalla, Merton Adult Education’s Family Learning Programme Manager, said:

“We are so pleased for Merton Adult Education, Liberty Primary School and the Stevens Family. To be selected as the Best Photograph is a fantastic achievement. I knew it was a good photo when I saw it, it is just so natural and shows how much fun parents as well as children were having on the day trying out new activities, spending time together and discovering the talents and skills of each other.”


Notes to editor:
• Family Learning Week is co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning to promote the importance and enjoyment of learning as a whole family.
• Family Learning Week is a national campaign that raises awareness of the importance and scope of family learning to potential participants, practitioners and key influencers. It aims to strengthen communities and to create more opportunities for the