A CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR A CO-OPERATIVE WALES? A Community of Enquiry Report April 8, 2017

A CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR A CO-OPERATIVE WALES?

Summary

The Welsh word ‘dysgu’ means both teaching and learning. This underlines the fact that learning should not be something handed down from teacher to pupil. It should be a collaborative effort between all stakeholders. With discussions taking place on new school curricula and teacher training, now is the time to press for introducing this new approach.

This April 2017 event in Cardiff demonstrated the wealth of potential there is in Wales to further the Co-operative education agenda. What was great about the enquiry was that participants recognised that we are exploring the notion of a contemporary Co-operative education in a hospitable policy climate – i.e., the Well-being and Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and through initiatives such as Philosophy with Children. This opens real opportunities to think creatively about new educational approaches and to see these delivered ‘on the ground’.

For the future, there are some really important elements to be considered in terms of ‘being’ a co-operative teacher which are not simply about values and principles (though these are drivers); but also, about learner centred pedagogical approaches; communications; leadership; and attitudes. We left the event with big questions: What is a co-operative teacher? What does being a co-operative teacher add to the experiences of the student, school, classroom; professional practice? Much of this could come up through any future enquiry – but they are important questions if we are to realise the goals set out in the Well-being and Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

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Best wishes / New Year Greetings from Co-ops & Mutuals Wales with our favourite quote from Joe Reeves

Joseph (Joe) Reeves was born on 28 January 1888 in Camberwell, London. His childhood was impoverished and he left school at 13. He was a conscientious objector during World War I.  Joe was Education Secretary of the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society (RACS) from 1918-1938. He believed that ‘the dynamic of education must be altered from individual assertiveness to service on behalf of the community’. While Reeves was secretary the Education Committee expanded its activities and provided equipment and premises for classes as well as holding drama groups and orchestras. In 1945 he was elected as a member of parliament for the Greenwich Constituency, until 1955. He also served on the RACS Political Purposes Committee from 1946-1953. https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/archives/1421fc6e-153c-3142-8ae9-ddcaf00e00f3

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Civic society ambition for a Community Bank in Wales supported by Monmouthshire BS & Welsh Government

https://gov.wales/economy-minister-sets-out-plans-banc-cambria-wales-new-community-bank

Welsh Government statement issued today.

Excellent cross-party support for Monmouthshire Building Society backing a civic society mutual intiative for a community bank – long in the making in Wales. Many more miles to travel. Mutuals are member controlled. If you want a say in branch location/policy join this mutual to make it a great success.

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Coop identity, culture & heritage session International Co-operative Alliance, Seoul, World Co-op Congress, 1 December 2021

As part of Congress’s first key theme, Examining Our Co-operative Identity, delegates gathered on the afternoon of 1 December in Seoul and online to discuss cooperative and cultural heritage. In 2016, UNESCO formally recognised cooperatives as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and in her introduction, the session’s facilitator Stefania Marcone referenced this decision as something to reflect on in this conversation, saying, “if we want to rebuild a better world, cooperative culture and the culture in cooperative sectors are fundamental.”

David Smith, lifelong co-operative activist and Trustee of the Robert Owen Memorial Museum offered a presentation from Wales, where he shared that despite having global recognition in the co-operative world, Robert Owen, whose 250th birthday is being celebrated this year, is little known in Wales. Mr Smith explained that there is sadly poor understanding of the co-operative movement in Wales, something he and his colleagues are working to counter through educational programmes, media coverage and events. He ended his presentation with a question to Congress: Would the creation of a global annual Robert Owen Day spur us to action in creating a co-operative education system for the co-operative world we wish it to be?

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Robert Owen – One of Wales’s greatest political icons

https://www.thenational.wales/news/19737010.robert-owen—one-waless-greatest-political-icons/ 

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Why do we know so little about a man whose work is revered across the world?

Francis Jones explores the life and work of Welsh businessman and social reformer Robert Owen: why do we know so little about a man whose work is revered across the world?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000z4vj

The radio programme is on this evening, 31st August 2021 at 18.30 hrs, and will be available on the BBC Sounds app for the next month so there’s plenty of time to take advantage of its presence online for a while yet.

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Co-operative Education – the crucial role of embedding the spirit of co-operation in all that we do

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Anu Puusa ~ The Case for Co-ops, the Invisible Giant of the Economy

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‘Ways to Mark Robert Owen’s Anniversary’ Q&A | Chair: Jeremy Miles, MS Labour – Co-op, Neath

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Co-op Learning & Methods in Schools| Dr Sara Vicari |Chair: Jeremy Miles, MS Labour – Co-op, Neath

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Robert Owen & History of Co-op Movement in Wales| Siân Williams|Chair: Jeremy Miles, MS Labour-Co-op

 

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Robert Owen & History of Co-op Movement in Wales|Dr Liz McIvor|Chris Hall, C&MW introduces the Chair Jeremy Miles MS

 

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Does Robert Owen’s legacy resonate in the 21st Century?|Prof Chris Williams|Chair: Ian Rees, Llafur + Q&A with Mick Antoniw MS

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Presentation by Central England Co-operative Society Ltd celebrating Robert Owen 250th Anniversary with a specially commissioned painting of Robert Owen which will tour various venues

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Group feedback by: Pat Juby, Pat Conaty, Debbie Wozencraft & Selwyn Williams. Cilla Ross, summarised by saying; “Education is so central to what we have considered today.” and thanked all for building knowledge

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‘How do we keep Owen’s ideals burning brightly?’ Short presentations, followed by breakout groups and summation: 1. ‘Telling co-operative video stories of collective action’, 2. ‘Owen & Social Development Goals’, 3. ‘Co-operative energy/radical edge innovation’, 4. ‘Why socialised enterprises rooted in mutual principles and co-operative governance?’ 5. ‘Networking Community Enterprises’

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‘What Owenite ideals descended to the modern Co-operative Movement?’ Cilla Ross, Researcher/Activist Sara Vicari, Aroundtheworld.coop (Rome) Gillian Lonergan, former National Co-operative Archive Librarian Facilitator: Rebecca Harvey, Executive Editor, Co-op Press

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What would Robert Owen be doing today? School children interview the First Minister of Wales

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Launch with contributions from Co-ops & Mutuals Wales, Newtown Town Council and the Robert Owen Association (Japan)

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The Welsh First Minister interviewed by Co-op News Editor

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