The Commission for awarding SIAE Awards gathered on 12 December and selected this year’s Awards Winners. We grant awards to promote inclusion in learning. We are very proud of all 213 recipients because we believe that learning has a significant impact on our health, employability, how well our children are learning and how much money remains at the end of the month. That is why we choose individuals, groups and institutions that can serve as a perfect role model to others. Only empowered individuals will be able to change themselves and the world for the better. 2018 SIAE Awards will be awarded to two female individuals, one group and two institutions.

Due to illness Mirjana Debelak had to leave her work at the secondary school. She found her calling in adult education. This way she can work with different contents and various target groups, mainly the vulnerable, and she learns a lot from them as well.

Nataša Horvat is a Romany who moved to Slovenia as a teenage mother and learnt the power of learning in her thirties. Since then she constantly takes part in training, is employed, and takes care of her Roma community on the local and national level in various fields.

The Lipovci study circle has been operating for four years. Mainly older men, but also a few younger ones meet, socialise and learn together. With sustainability-oriented basket weaving traditions we can change ourselves as well as our natural and social environment.

Iskraemeco d.d. is a well known company, focused towards challenges the future brings. Therefore, they train their employees as well as suppliers, buyers and partners in the areas of quality, sustainability, performance, safety at work etc.

Jože Udovič Library in Cerknica is a sanctuary for local residents who are hungry for knowledge and culture. With innovative approaches which are based on personal contacts it is quickly becoming a creative centre of progress that encourages people and organisations towards greater commitment.

Let learning become your lifelong habit as well, so that you can further your personal growth.

Darijan Novak (, SIAE

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