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Cuban literacy program comes to Indigenous Australians

An exciting new model of adult literacy teaching for Aboriginal students is being piloted in Wilcannia NSW. The pilot will utilise an internationally recognised mass literacy campaign model not previously used in Australia. The Yo! Si Puedo or Yes I can! model was developed in Cuba in 2000 and has been successfully adopted in over […]

$3.25M to boost adult literacy and numeracy skills in South Australia

The South Australian state Government is allocating a further $3.25 million next financial year as part of its ongoing Skills for All commitment to create an extra 6,000 training places aimed at increasing adult literacy and numeracy over six years. Employment, Higher education and Skills Minister, Tom Kenyon said this investment in community education would […]

Provider Profile Deborah Miller

Deborah Miller has recently joined the Linkwest team in Western Australia as the Adult and Community Education Manager. Hailing from the UK, Deborah has always been passionate about Adult and Community Education and has spearheaded some highly innovative and successful literacy projects. Quest speaks with her about her achievements and plans. Can you tell us […]

Seniors take the stage for an encore career

South Australian Jim Fenemore has just embarked on a brand new career in community capacity building after over forty years working as a photographer. Jim is 70. His life-changing career shift is part of a trend that social researchers are terming ‘encore careers’ and it would not have happened without a learning experience that opened […]

A message from the CEO

ALA’s policy platform identifies 6 key advocacy areas. These 6 areas reflect not only the core educational values identified by our members but also what we see as the most pressing public policy needs in the Adult and Community Education space. This edition of Quest includes articles on three of these. The first of these […]

E-literacy program supports homeless learners

A blended model of online and face-to-face education is allowing disadvantaged and homeless students to learn new skills, gain qualifications and increase their opportunities for employment. Matthew Talbot Homeless Services (MTHS) – a special work of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW – is partnering with TAFE NSW Sydney Institute to use e-learning tools […]

Core Skills Framework launched to address adult literacy

More than 210,000 workers and job seekers will be directly assisted by the Gillard Government’s foundation skills programs over the next four years. Releasing the revised Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) today, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills, Sharon Bird MP, said that improving literacy and numeracy skills from the lowest to middle level, as identified by the ABS […]

SA Community contributions honoured in new ways

South Australian individuals are now eligible for the highest honour, the Joy Noble Medal, which recognises the extraordinary contributions of volunteers in this State.Minister for Volunteers, Ian Hunter, has announced new ways the SA Government will recognise the invaluable work that volunteers, community organisations and businesses make to South Australian communities.“The Joy Noble Medal previously […]

Enhancing social enterprises in WA

Social Enterprise Fund grants program launched $10million over two years to support social enterprise A grants program to develop and support social enterprises in the not-for-profit sector was launched today by Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney. Mrs McSweeney made the announcement at Brightwater Care Group in Subiaco. She said the program aimed to increase the […]

Call for Papers 2012 ALA Conference

Adult Learning Australia is holding its 52nd Annual National Conference hosted by Byron Region Community College. Our theme is Lifelong Learning = Resilient Communities.

We are currently calling for papers and workshops on the above theme of between 45 minutes and 1 hour from researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the adult and community education field’s.

Have your say in Indigenous Youth Career Pathways

The Australian Government is asking for public input into setting the future direction of a $50 million initiative to help Indigenous students move from school into the workplace.Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins MP, today released a discussion paper seeking views on the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program for the 2013 academic […]

Applications for the 2012 Australian Training Awards National Focus categories are NOW OPEN

The National Focus categories recognise outstanding contributions towards the attainment of Australia’s national vocational education training system (VET) priorities. In particular, the National Focus categories acknowledge contributions of individuals, schools, businesses and organisations which have had a significant impact on the VET sector. In 2012, categories include: Community Pathways to VET Award This Award recognises community-based, not-for-profit organisations that demonstrate […]

$3.25M to boost adult literacy and numeracy skills

The South Australian state Government is allocating a further $3.25 million next financial year as part of its ongoing Skills for All commitment to create an extra 6,000 training places aimed at increasing adult literacy and numeracy over six years. Employment, Higher education and Skills Minister, Tom Kenyon said this investment in community education would […]

Prime Minister launches national literacy campaign

A new national campaign to improve literacy has been launched by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Ms Gillard said the campaign was designed to tackle taboos around illiteracy by promoting a culture of reading in every home, school and workplace. She said the Government would contribute $1.3 million towards the campaign which was supported by […]

QLD welcomes investment in building stronger communities

Community organisations  have welcomed the Bligh Government’s commitment to triple investment in the Community Centre Infrastructure Fund, which gives community groups funds to build halls, clubhouses and other buildings. CEO of the Benevolent Society, Anne Hollonds said investing in facilities like Men’s Sheds would benefit the whole community. “We know from research that people are […]

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