WEA West Midlands Mini-Conference: Community, Democracy and Dialogue

Ref: C3128559

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 Adult Education 100 campaign. The 2019 Report had huge ambitions and built on historic and contemporary forms of adult education. Now, in a new century, a new social landscape, and with new challenges, what is adult education's role? As we emerge from the impacts of a global pandemic and Brexit, it could be argued that adult education has never been more important, and yet there are disagreements about its purpose and direction. A panel of leading adult educators, including some of the authors of the Centenary Report, will speak about these issues and invite participants to contribute their own perspectives. A spotlight will be shone on North Staffordshire in order to consider how the experiences of this area relates to questions and dilemmas relevant to the whole of the West Midlands and beyond.

Course aim

Speakers will invite participants to explore the findings of the 2019 Centenary Commission report into Adult Education and ask what its implications may be for re-imagining adult education in the West Midlands and North Staffordshire.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify two key aims of the 1919 Ministry of Reconstruction Report into Adult Education
  • Identify whether adult education for skills and employment and its humane and civic roles can be blended together
  • Contribute to a discussion on the future direction of adult education in the region and locally.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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WEA West Midlands Mini-Conference: Community, Democracy and Dialogue


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
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