Adult learning opens door to whole new life

New lease on life: Greg Nelson. Photo: Supplied.
New lease on life: Greg Nelson. Photo: Supplied.

Greg Nelson has a bright future ahead of him, despite having left school early.

At age 26 Greg decided he wanted to improve his reading and writing skills.

Greg works for Nidjalla Waangan Mia health centre, driving patients to and from their medical appointments.

His employer contacted the Read Write Now program coordinator in the Peel region to ask for assistance and soon, Greg and his volunteer literacy tutor Eva, were meeting weekly.

He made steady progress and found he loved the challenge of learning.

Scrabble, Bananagrams and a second-hand Collins dictionary were always on hand for games and for continued learning.

Now, Greg loves reading books, poetry and short stories, but the biggest impact of his improved skills and one of his greatest pleasures is sharing books with his young daughter.

Previously he couldn't do that, but now he and his daughter take turns reading to each other.

Greg has also become an advocate for RWN, encouraging others to get involved.

Before he took up literacy classes, Greg said he would never have had the confidence to apply for any further training.

Recently, he successfully completed a CPR course for work and he is now reassessing his options for the future.

His main aim is to complete secondary school as a springboard to further learning, something he would not have considered in the past.

Adult Learners Week runs from 1 - 8 September and this year and celebrates 25 years of promoting access to adult learning and education in Australia.

To find learning opportunities online or in your area, visit adultlearnersweek.org, or check out Adult Learners' Week on Facebook.