Are you puzzled by politics?
Left dazed by democracy?
Perhaps you’re left feeling baffled by talk of the Big Society? If so, then ‘Democracy Day’ is for you!
Thursday 14 April 2011 from 10am-4pm at the Park Road Resource Centre, Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts NG19 8ER
Come along to find out all about democracy, voting, elections and representation. Get to grips with the voting system in the UK. Find out how to get more involved in having a say and influencing the decision makers. For more details please call Lindsey on 07760 337 893.
Posted by Lindsey Tasker on April 1, 2011
‘Show me a society where everyone has the opportunity and desire to seek out new knowledge and new skills and I’ll show you a society that really deserves to be called “bigger”.’
So said skills minister John Hayes at the Royal Society of Arts on 26 October 2010 in a speech setting out his vision for craft and vocational skills and emphasising the need for continuing to support and protect adult community learning and the role it plays in enriching the lives of individuals and contributing to local communities.
During a Q & A session after the speech, John Bolsin (WEA General Secretary) said, ‘I wanted to pay tribute to you for the efforts you must have put in, in convincing the Treasury that this was part of public spending that was worth protecting’.
In response the minister talked about how much he valued the work of the WEA and the ‘superb job’ it does. He went on to say that,
‘If you believe in the Big Society, you have to believe in the power of adult community learning.’
It’s good to know that the WEA is valued, but more importantly that the role of informal learning and the massive social benefits it can bring have been recognised too. Talk like this is surely a reason to be cheerful!
Full details of the speech can be found at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/topstories/2010/Oct/FE-skills-apprenticeship-debate
Posted by Lindsey Tasker on November 16, 2010
Pete Caldwell, WEA Regional Director, posted a story on 17 September 2010 about the possible implications of the Comprehensive Spending Review on adult education. In the post he says:
‘Ministers are having a tough time defending skills and lifelong learning’ and goes on to say, ‘adult learning in particular could be seen as a soft target.’
In such uncertain times it is more important than ever to keep focused and keep delivering good quality courses for adults out and about in the very communities that the Big Society is encouraging us to nuture.
So, what do we need to do? In the words of the WEA Regional Director:
- ‘We must highlight the importance of adult community learning.’
- ‘It is not a ‘soft area’ but makes a tangible, and evidenced, contribution to improving people’s lives in important areas.’
- ‘Make sure that MPs and ministers, especially those involved in areas like health, Big Society, families and digitial inclusion, are fully aware of this.’
For the full post visit Pete’s blog: http://www.westmidlands.wea.org.uk/wea-regional-directors-blog
Posted by Lindsey Tasker on September 21, 2010