Working in schools with children with special needs taught me the mechanics of learning and value of teaching expertise. This acted as inspiration during 25 as a politician, where I found many examples of community involvement as the key reason adults sought further education. After retiring from Parliament I went back to teaching for the WEA, and enjoyed the two-way satisfaction it brings. I believe Lifelong Learning leaves an individual with personal benefits and helps build a society where collective values are understood and appreciated.