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Adult education , distinct from child education , is a practice in which adults engage in systematic and sustained self-educating activities in order to gain new forms of knowledge, skills, attitudes, or values. In particular, adult education reflects a specific philosophy about learning and teaching based on the assumption that adults can and want to learn, that they are able and willing to take responsibility for the learning, and that the learning itself should respond to their needs. Driven by what one needs or wants to learn, the available opportunities, and the manner in which one learns, adult learning is affected by demographics, globalization and technology. The World Bank 's World Development Report on The Changing Nature of Work  argues that adult learning is an important channel to help readjust workers' skills to fit in the future of work and suggests ways to improve its effectiveness. Educating adults differs from educating children in several ways given that adults have accumulated knowledge and work experience which can add to the learning experience. Unlike children, adults are seen as more self-directed rather than relying on others for help.
Take courses to improve your reading, writing and math skills, your English or French or to get your high school diploma. Adult learning programs are for Ontario residents ranging from 19 years old through to seniors of any age. For adults who want to earn high school credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma OSSD or need academic credits to enter postsecondary education or apprenticeship training. For adults who want to upgrade their skills and knowledge to meet admission requirements for Ontario college programs or for registration as an apprentice in Ontario. For immigrants and refugees looking to improve their French, when French and English are not their first language.
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