Workshop: Are we still a learning community? Festivals of Learning at times of COVID-19

Parallel workshop 19 November 11.00-12.00 AM CET
Speakers: Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik / Slovenian Institute for Adult Education and Kay Smith, National Learning and Work Institute in Wales, UK

Festivals of learning can showcase the diversity of learning opportunities available, and give adults a chance to try something new. While the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly limited face-to-face interactions, adult learning organisations are finding innovative ways to celebrate learning and keep the community spirit alive. Our speakers will introduce us to different approaches: a festival that transitioned to a hybrid format due to the pandemic, and one that was organised entirely online.

Get to know Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik

Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik is an economist by background education and completed post graduate studies in the field of information science. She has been involved in the field of adult learning since 1995, among other duties she has been head of the promotion and information unit at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE). She has been  involved in the development of the Slovenian Lifelong Learning Week (LLW) since 1996 , and as national coordinator of this campaign has also been active in the international learning festivals’ movement. As consultant she contributed to the transfer of know-how in the field of promotion and advocacy work to other countries, especially in the Balkan region. She is a strong advocate of the importance of the learners’ voice.

Get to know Kay Smith

Kay is head of campaigns, policy and development for L&W in Wales. Kay has expertise in working with broadcasters on social action campaigns and working with stakeholders and partners across Wales, she leads on promotional activity for the Adult Learners’ Week festival and the Inspire! Awards to raise awareness and widen access to lifelong learning. Alongside this other development and policy work includes Family Learning, ESOL, Essential Skills and Community Learning.


Register by 18 November

You will receive the link to the right Zoom meeting(s) after you have registered. The number of spots at each workshop is limited, so we advise you to make your pick early.