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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Skills drive risks mental health

By Katherine Sellgren
BBC News education reporter

Adult classes can range from art appreciation to gardening
Mental health is being put at risk as adult education classes are sidelined in favour of basic skills training.

A government report has found life-long learning to be an important way of guarding against mental illness.

But the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (Niace) said 1.4 million fewer adult education classes had been taken in the past three years.

It said the drive to improve workplace skills in England had seen classes like art and languages decline rapidly.

BBC website

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