MORE than 2,500 people in Sheffield signed up to adult education courses run by the Workers’ Educational Association this year, despite huge funding cutbacks.
The educational charity believes the figures demonstrate the need for the continued financing of adult education in Sheffield.
Liz Hall, who chairs the organisation’s Sheffield branch, said: “The wide range of courses on offer is providing a much needed service to the community at a time when cuts have eroded the services offered by the other usual providers of adult education.
“While we are saddened by the cuts, the WEA is relieved to be in a position to continue to provide education and interest for people in our area.”
Almost 100 courses have been launched for the WEA’s summer schedule, from painting and pottery, to literature and lip reading.
Ms Hall said: “Attending a class serves all sorts of needs, including wellbeing, socialising and awakening curiosity.
“People want to learn and are often at a loss as to how and where to get started. We go out into the communities and help them get started.”
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