Our AMIF learners went on a trip to the National Slate Museum in Llanberis! | Adult Learning Wales

Our AMIF learners went on a trip to the National Slate Museum in Llanberis!

31-August-2022
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The AMIF Project recently completed it’s first trip for learners from the Rhyl area to the National Slate Museum in Llanberis.

Five refugee families from Afghanistan and Syria had the opportunity to see a slate splitting demonstration and a film about the history of the slate industry in the morning, followed by a picnic lunch with traditional Welsh cakes.

The adult learners then spent time in the afternoon visiting the former miners’ cottages and working on related ESOL materials created specifically for the venue by our own Audrey Benson. Meanwhile, the children had their own activity designing and painting pieces of slate; a beautiful souvenir to remind them of a lovely day out.

Our Curriculum Development Coordinator Charlotte Laws said, “It was fantastic to see our planning come to fruition in a day which was enjoyed by everyone. The children were entertained by the on-screen dynamite explosions during the film and we all learnt some very interesting facts about the slate industry. Did you know that only about 5% of quarried slate is used as “slate”? The 95% rubble and dust waste in the process is sold predominantly to Germany and used there in a wide range of silica-based beauty products!

With a former biochemist and an aspiring engineer in the group, there were lots of questions about the mining process as well as the history and the future of the industry.

Our learners seemed to gain a great deal from the trip and it was really useful to chat with them in order to better identify their needs and help focus our education provision moving forwards.”

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our colleagues at The National Slate Museum for hosting us and the British Red Cross in Rhyl who were integral in connecting us with learners and helping out on the day.

To see more photos from the trip, head to our Facebook page, here.

Click here to find out more about our AMIF projects.

 

This project is part-funded through the European Union Asylum Migration Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

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