Early in 2018, a group of adult educators – recognising the historic importance of the 1919 Ministry of Reconstruction Adult Education Committee’s Final Report – set up the #AdultEducation100 campaign. They wished to encourage a programme of activities, centred on the centenary of the 1919 Report, which would both recover and re-evaluate the twentieth-century history of adult education, and set out a vision for life-wide adult education for the century ahead in their 2019 ‘Centenary Commission Report’.
The report’s findings highlight how adult education is an integral aspect of citizenship and vital to addressing the huge societal divisions that exist across the UK. It states that adult education should not be regarded as a luxury for the few, but instead as a universal benefit for the many.
Working closely with partners from across the adult education world – including members of Community Organisers’ Network and Naomi Diamond, Programme Manager of the Community Organisers Expansion Programme – the #AdultEducation100 campaign report makes a series of recommendations, which include the need for:
Two Community Organisers’ Social Action Hubs – Barton Hill Settlement in Bristol and The Selby Trust in North London – are featured as case studies in the report, which also recommends that community organisers play an essential part in taking steps to deal with regional and local inequality in provision and outcomes.
“Ensuring that the Adult Education & Lifelong Learning Strategy delivers to all members of our society will require sustained work from community organisers and local facilitators commissioned by the Adult Learning Partnerships to work in these communities to identify needs, and engage with them to co-produce the required activities. Such organisers could also play a crucial role in providing the necessary information, advice, guidance and mentoring”. [Recommendation 3.ii].
Adult Learning, Social Action Hubs, and community organising:
The National Academy of Community Organising is the training arm of Community Organisers. It is a network of affiliated Social Action Hubs who provide quality assured training and support for people interested in community organising.
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