Mind your language as new adult education programme launched

A five week holiday language course is one of the highlights of the new Adult Education Programme launched by the City of Edinburgh Council.

It’s the perfect way to learn some local phrases before jetting off for your summer break. With more than 400 new day, evening and weekend courses available, the Council’s Adult Education Programme has something for everyone.

Most classes resume at the end of January with some beginning in February, and weekend classes in March. The holiday language course starts in April.

But if learning a new language isn’t for you, then how about a cooking class? There are courses in Italian, Indian and Spanish cuisine and many more. Or what about trying digital photography, creative writing, guitar, fitness classes or one of the many other subjects on offer?

Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Vice-Convener for Education, Children and Families, said: “Every year, thousands of people of all ages and in all areas of the city take part in our adult education classes. Learning should always be enjoyable, and we hope the wide range of courses will inspire people to learn something new or in more depth.

“Taking up a class can help people develop confidence and keep mentally and physically active as well as acquiring new skills. Research shows that people who are in lifelong learning are more likely to be employed, to remain in work and to be involved in their communities. It truly is about learning for life and it’s never too late to start.

"I would advise anyone who has some time to spare over the coming weeks to look into what's on offer and to book a place sooner rather than later.

“After listening to customer feedback we rolled out online booking last year and we’ve had a huge response with more than 15,000 places booked since September.”

For a full list of Adult Education Programme classes click here or phone 0131 556 7978 to get a brochure or pick one up from your local library, community centre or GP surgery. Classes can still be booked by post, phone or in person as well as online.

Many other classes are held all over Edinburgh in schools and community centres. You can find full details at joininedinburgh.org/enrol

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