Last month Manchester Adult Education Service celebrated the achievement of 7 successful Carbon Literacy graduates from around the world including Somalia, Barbados, Jamaica, Afghanistan and Pakistan. All had completed the six week ‘Greener Skills’ course which was based around refreshing their Literacy, Numeracy and I.T skills within the context of green issues.
We had a guest speaker Anne Tucker from local Moss Side and Rusholme neighbourhood project ‘Upping It’ which inspired one learner to become a volunteer street rep for the project. Other successes included 2 fantastic group presentations on Sustainable Food and Sustainable Transport in which the students got their primary school children involved in helping them to make extremely impressive PowerPoint presentations.
One student went along to the Hulme Community Garden Centre winter fair and reported back to the group on volunteering opportunities. Another wrote to her local MP with ideas for making her local community greener. They also worked on a fantastic display for Greenheys Adult Learning Centre to show all the green spaces around Moss Side, Hulme and Whalley Range with maps which pinpoint local information, including of course their green pledges! The next course will be run at Greenheys Centre next month and following that moved around to different MAES Learning Centres across the city.
Mary Rose Puttick, Course Leader