A group of young ABE learners participated in a cross party group on adult learning at the Scottish Parliament in March. The theme of the meeting was men learning through life.
The young men, aged between 16 and 21, all attend a regular Monday night literacy group in Bathgate. They were invited to the meeting by Scotland's Learning Partnership.
The group spoke about their experiences of education throughout their lives. As young adult learners, they had a range of stories to share. They spoke about the importance of adult learning in their own lives.But they also spoke about the everyday challenges they face coping with dyslexia and struggling with employment. The group also took a question from the floor about the promotion of adult education in Scotland.
The parliament visit was the latest achievement for this group, who are also contributing to an anti-sectarianism project run by the Scottish Book Trust.
The group were joined by other male adult learners from across Scotland: a family learning group from Dumfries; and Menolej ("men of leisure"), a group of retired learners from Dundee.
Jean Urquhart MSP, the convener of the cross party group, congratulated all three groups on their contributions to the meeting. It was fascinating and moving to see men at very different stages of their lives speak so passionately about learning and what it means to them.
Congratulations to Kevin, Ryan, Danny, Sean and Paul!