Adult Education 100 – Making its Mark February 2019

The aim of this newsletter is to give you an update of recent events and also describe how you can contribute your expertise and ideas to both the campaign and the Centenary Commission. Disappointingly (though perhaps unsurprisingly in these troubled times) it has proved extremely difficult to secure even the most limited resources with which to deliver the campaign or indeed fully involve those who so generously and enthusiastically responded to our call. That was our plan and our intention. We continue to seek funding but are forced to do things on the proverbial shoestring, so any ideas on how to access financial support are most welcome!

Firstly, a reminder of how we got to this point. You will remember that there were two main strands to our plans for the Centenary of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s Commission on Adult Education. The first was to kick-start a Campaign which would raise the profile of adult education as a critical factor in addressing the challenges facing out times – from automation to fragmented communities, deepening inequalities to a sharpening and dangerous demographic deficit. It’s aims are:

  • ▪  To raise the profile of adult education as part of a national conversation about the need for lifelong learning in a rapidly changing world;
  • ▪  To explore the nature, purpose, and place of adult education for society’s past, present and future;
  • ▪  To encourage people and communities to value and participate in adult educational activities which developlasting understandings, opinions and experiences;
  • ▪  To develop policies and secure resources for transformative adult education.

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About David Smith

David has extensive experience of the Co-operative movement, the Third Sector, policy development and representing service consumers and service users. Trustee: Co-operative Foundation (2014-2016). Government Food Adviser (2000-2006); UK Healthcare Regulator (2003-2008); Co-operative Group Main Board (2014); Co-operative Group Specialist Board and National Values and Principles Committee (2014); Co-operative Group food policy working group and its Ethics and Social Responsibility Committee (2015-2016); Co-operative Group Senate (2014-2015); Welsh Regional Board (2009-2014). David trained as a Dorchester chef; Directed the first EC funded Wales Anti-Poverty Programme; Pioneered Community Law Centres, Home Care and Repair, local Co-op Development Agencies in Wales, Social Co-operatives, Welsh Food Alliance and Wales Progressive Co-operators. Deacon: Canton Uniting Church, Cardiff. His qualifications include: BSc (Economics), Cardiff; MA (European Human Resource Management) Keele; Special Diploma in Social Sciences (Ruskin College); Professional Food Management and Teaching qualifications.
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