Small steps, meaningful strides01-March-2021
On the 1st March each year we take great pride in celebrating the life and achievements of St. David, the patron Saint for Wales. His last words “Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do”. ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd’ – ‘Do the little things in life’, is still a well-known maxim in Wales.
Reflecting on the work of our founding organisations the Workers Educational Association Cymru (WEA Cymru) and the YMCA Community College, we’ve spent the last century and more “doing the little things in life” which make all the difference. Our commitment to democratic learning, promoting active citizenship and community engagement goes far beyond the classroom and stems from thousands of committed people across our organisation doing their bit to ensure we continue to offer a vast array of democratic engagement activities - from patchwork quilting to youth work qualifications - we help to create healthy societies. Our work underpins the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act forging direct links to promoting a resilient and prosperous Wales.
Today our values and strategic aims stem from our roots, driving forward democratic values and widening participation for the most disadvantaged people of Wales. Our AGM underpins our democratic constitution and this year's event is taking place on Tuesday 30th March, where this is supported by a 'Shaping the Future' event; our members, learners and key-stakeholders are invited to discuss “Adult Learning in a Post-Covid Wales”, where our strong partnerships will remain vital in expanding our reach as we continue to strive to create more opportunities for the people of Wales during exceptional circumstances and beyond.
Our work is life-changing - many have said life-saving - and as we start to plan for the Covid recovery phase, and reflect on the past year, there is no doubt that we have become even more resilient, adaptable and compassionate given the challenges we’ve faced. Our focus on advancing active citizenship, whether that be in a classroom, a community project or helping a friend is the lifeblood of our organisation.
Our continued efforts to realise true diversity and break down barriers for the benefit of our communities through learning is as steadfast as ever. So too on International Women’s Day (8th March), we recognise the continued need to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements and collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
St. David’s legacy was others continuing his example and we would hope that he would recognise in us a shared sense of purpose where we strive to shape a positive difference to the citizens we support and the Welsh communities in which they live.
Kathryn Robson, Chief Executive
Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales
Our AGM – For further information on this event, please contact our Company Secretary, Stephen Thomas
International Women's Day - We are offering a series of courses to widen the appreciation and awareness of women in our society both past and present. Our courses can be found here.