However, in the middle of March, it became quite clear that the usual May/June timeframe of the LLW is not feasible. Namely, the COVID-19 lock-down forced us to postpone the learning festival to autumn – under the assumption that then, large gatherings and public events will be possible again. Thus, the new LLW period will run from 4 September until 9 October with the Learning Parade – Day of learning communities scheduled for 9 September. For now, we are certainly determined to carry out activities that have been announced by regional and thematic LLW coordinators in their applications for co-funding by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. But, what if…?
There are several opportunities to think and act out of the box
Lack of money, a great deal of uncertainty regarding live events, and being left without a major portion of the national opening programme, we decided to do things differently. We are working on the production of a LLW musical video – a song of praise to lifelong learning. In addition, 25 video statements by renowned people, among them also our award winners, about the meaning and impacts of learning in their lives will be produced. Our imagination on how to mobilise the whole country via these products and some more has got its wings. We will keep you informed.
LLW will address several walks of life – in spite of barriers or for their sake
As for contents of the hundreds of local events taking place in the five weeks, they will address topical issues such as the digitalisation of society, challenges of an ageing population and intergenerational cooperation, migration and intercultural issues. These, in fact, were three of the 2019 Future of Learning Forum topics, which in turn, have become themes of the EAAL implementation in Slovenia 2020–2021 project. Having the LLW in September/October also means an overlapping with traditional autumn campaigns, such as the National Month of Joint Reading, European Days of Cultural Heritage etc. In the same period, there are also some events that had been moved from spring to this time slot, such as the Cultural Bazar. Instead of competing for peoples’ attention, we will establish partnerships and synergies. There is not much time and the new COVID-19 wave could ruin all our good attempts. But our fuel is enthusiasm and faith in our mission. Let’s see. In any case, summer should be fun!
Mag. Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik (firstname.lastname@example.org), SIAE