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School to hold series of workshops to address needs of ‘today’s Bermuda’

New workshops have been announced by the Adult Education School, which has relaunched to address the needs of “today’s Bermuda”, the school said.

The alternative school, based on Dundonald Street in Hamilton, announced former Cabinet minister Ernest Peets as its new chairman last week.

The three classes are the first in a new series of workshops.

“Who Cares for the Caregiver?” will be held at noon on the Tuesdays of February 21 and 28, and March 7 and 14.

Marilyn Jackson, a seasoned practitioner, will lead participants through the care of seniors and meeting the challenges of the role.

The four sessions will cover topics including health conditions, legal issues, self-care and the resources available on the island.

“Real Estate Made Simple” will be held at 1pm on the Wednesdays of February 22 and March 1.

Frederica Forth, an experienced realtor and trainer, will guide participants through the island’s property market, from renting to buying and selling – with coaching on earning a real estate licence.

The two workshops will enable people taking part to transition into Ms Forth’s exam preparation course.

“Gathering Your Family History” runs at 12.30pm on the Thursdays of March 2 and 9.

It will cover recording, understanding and sharing family stories with current and future generations.

Family history expert Cecille Snaith-Simmons will share her techniques for accessing, documenting and presenting elders’ stories in an accessible style.

The AES reopened last August after suspending services at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

The school is implementing “a reimagined vision based on the findings of a comprehensive feasibility study of adult education needs in Bermuda”.

Thaao Dill, the director of programming, said: “It’s clear people in Bermuda need and deserve more opportunities to learn not just the academic abilities that can help them find better jobs, but also the skills that can help them navigate the challenging world we live in.

“These workshops are designed to empower people in very real ways – whether that’s by giving them the knowledge to improve their lives, or by simply offering them the chance to enrich themselves by learning.

“We urge the community to take advantage of these opportunities.”

In addition to the enrichment courses, the AES is running a General Education Development programme with tailored pathway coordination.

The school plans to introduce further programming in vocational skills training and college and career readiness preparation.

Fees for the workshops are capped at $25.

Those interested can call or WhatsApp Mr Dill on 705-6677 or e-mail aesbda@gmail.com.

The same contact is available for anyone interested in learning at the AES, providing support as a community member, alumni or donor, or forming a partnership as a fellow service provider.

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Published February 16, 2023 at 7:29 am (Updated February 16, 2023 at 7:29 am)

School to hold series of workshops to address needs of ‘today’s Bermuda’

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