The Learning Revolution

The Learning Revolution

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This white paper outlines the Government's proposals to foster and encourage informal adult learning. Informal adult learning is part-time, non-vocational learning where the primary purpose is not to gain a qualification but learning for its intrinsic value. People participate for enjoyment and are driven by their desire for personal fulfillment or intellectual, creative and physical stimulation. Activities cover a huge range, from dance classes and book clubs, visits to museums, galleries and historic properties, online research, volunteer projects. Such activity contributes to the health and well-being of communities by building the confidence and resilience of the individuals involved, developing social relationships, and acting as a stepping stone to further learning and skill development. The Government will establish a clear identity for informal learning and promote four initiatives: a Learning Pledge; a Festival of Learning; an Open Space Movement and a Transformation Fund of Ap20 million. Partner organisations from the private and public sector will be invited to contribute to the strategy. Increased access to informal adult learning will be addressed through: widening learning opportunities for older people; reaching out to the disadvantaged; developing a package of support for community learning champions; increasing availability of informal working in the workplace. Technology and broadcasting are seen as crucial in transforming the way people learn: 65 per cent of all households now have an internet connection and 90 percent of the population has at least one digital television. Government will act as a catalyst, investing additional funding in building the capacity and linkages that enable innovative learning opportunities to flourish.The National Trust and the Ramblersa#39; Association were formed to offer people living in confined city streets access to country air. ... It saw too the development of classes in dressmaking, boot repair, cookery and physical education as people sought to stretch tight budgets and, at institutions like Birkbeck College in London , Ruskin College in Oxford, or the Mechanicsa#39; Institutes, workers gained formalanbsp;...

Title:The Learning Revolution
Author:Great Britain. Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2009


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