Life Learning Week to offer more leisure activities this year

Thursday, October 30, 2008
Issue 512, Page 2
Word count: 302
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The 2008 Life Learning Week, which will begin on November 2, will offer local residents more options of discounted interest courses, seminars and workshops with some of them running until the end of the year.

The Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) held a press conference yesterday together with other co-organising bodies such as the Cultural Affairs Bureau (ICM), Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) and the Macau Institute of Adult Education to announce the line-up activities of this year’s event.

According to Cheong Kuai San, a spokesman of DSEJ, 33 percent of more resources had been put on organising this year’s activities from 120,000 patacas to 160,000 patacas.

In addition, the number of activities has been increased by 30 to 80 with targets extending to cover elderly people for the first time this year.

The public can also purchase books, gifts and audio products on special discounts at nine different participating bookshops, as well as sign up to a number of selected courses with 10 percent to 20 percent off discounts at 10 organisations or institutes.

Among the 80 different types of short courses, workshops, seminars and excursions, the DSEJ said some will require a “small amount of fees” after government sponsorships.

The activities, with most of them beginning early November, are open for the general public at different age groups.

They include Mandarin and English classes, cooking, Chinese painting and calligraphy, yoga, fashion design, model training, dancing, ice hockey, book sharing group, world heritage day tour, educational talks for parents on fostering relationships with their children.

A Life Learning Week promotion day will be held on November 2 at Friendship Square from 3pm to 5.30pm which will feature stage performances and activities sign up counters.

For full details on the activities offer, see http://www.dsej.gov.mo/cep or call 2856 9440, 2842 2780.

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