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Global Learning Festival celebrates Wolverhampton’s lifelong learning


The City of Wolverhampton is connecting with other learning cities across the world for the upcoming Global Learning Festival 2021 - and Wolverhampton residents can access over ninety free virtual events from across the world.   

The Global Learning Festival, a free four-day virtual festival, unites cities and communities from across the world to celebrate and promote the benefits of lifelong learning as we continue to face the challenges of the Covid19 pandemic.  

This is the second Global Learning Festival and it will run virtually from 8 until 11 November 2021.  

Wolverhampton City Learning Region partners – including University of Wolverhampton and City of Wolverhampton Council - are part of the Global Learning Festival working group which brings together learning cities from across the world to collaborate and develop the range of virtual events which is co-ordinated by Wyndham City Council and Melton City Council (Melbourne, Australia) who host the Festival each year.  

A range of organisations from Wolverhampton are offering FREE live events and pre-recorded videos as part of the festival including Access to Business, City of Wolverhampton College, University of Wolverhampton and its Student Union, Beacon Centre for the Blind, YMCA Black Country Group, Wolverhampton Music Service and Adult Education Wolverhampton.    

Through Wolverhampton City Learning Region, the city’s Youth Council put a call out to connect with young people in other learning cities to collaborate and create something together for the Global Learning Festival.  Young people in Australia, Ghana and Turkey have come together with our City’s Youth Council and met virtually to develop ideas for a Youth Collaboration to create an activity for the festival with the theme Youth Empowerment.  

The University of Wolverhampton hosted the online meetings to support the young people to virtually meet across the different time zones.  As part of the Global Learning Festival this youth collaboration intends to reach out to young people across the world to encourage them to think about what issues are important to them, how they might communicate on the issues and be empowered to find their voice. 

Janis, Vice Chair of Wolverhampton City Youth Council, said: “Working on the Global Learning Festival has been an eye opening experience, I’ve learnt so much about how different life is around the world and it has made me reflect on life here in the UK. I’m hoping that this project allows us to learn from and inspire other countries.” 

Annette said: "Participating in the Global Learning Festival has been both intriguing and informative. As a member of Wolverhampton's Culture and Diversity Youth Forum, I believe I have gained a better understanding of a variety of different cultures. This, I believe, translates well to the Global Learning Festival since interacting with individuals from different nations has resulted in different perspectives and solutions to problems being brought to the table. I hope that the resources we share serve as a starting point for global conversations. We want to motivate young people to take action in their communities by addressing difficult circumstances that, hopefully, will no longer exist in future generations." 

Residents of Wolverhampton can get involved by visiting the website to browse events and find out more or by joining the mailing list to ‘subscribe for updates’ for updates about the festival and events.   

Find out more on the Global Learning Festival Facebook page.  

Anyone looking to study at the University of Wolverhampton should register for one of our forthcoming Open Days. 


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