Stories

Cafe with a conscience

Hamlet Café is a not for profit social enterprise that aims to provide Tasmanians who have had trouble finding work with hands on training in hospitality skills, confidence and practical work experience.

Campaign for adult literacy

A whole-of-community adult literacy campaign based on a revolutionary Cuban education method is having life-changing results in Indigenous communities in outback NSW. Literacy for Life is a campaign, not a course.

Digital disadvantage

As digital technologies become increasingly central to the way we work, live and socialise the disadvantages of not being digitally connected increases. Australians unable to access digital technologies are increasingly being left behind.

On the road

A driver education course is helping Indigenous people in regional and rural NSW to get on the road. Getting a driver’s licence for indigenous Australians in remote and regional areas can be a real challenge.

Community learning champions

Learning champions

Community Learning Champions in inner Melbourne’s culturally and ethnically diverse neighbourhoods support and encourage friends, neighbours and peers to take up quality learning and employment opportunities.

rusty-riders

The joy of wheels

Bike rider training for adults is flourishing in the municipality of Leichhardt in Sydney’s inner west. The Rusty Rider course for those aged 25 and over turns those who are wobbly on two wheels into confident cyclists.

Oz Harvest

Healthy food on a budget

Food rescue charity OzHarvest is running an education program for people on low incomes to learn how to cook healthy food on a budget. There’s laughter and chatter as people pass bowls and knives back and forth.

Devonport learning community

A community approach

Devonport Tasmania has launched a ‘Live & Learn’ Strategy to set a new direction for the city and establish a flourishing culture of lifelong learning. Devonport Mayor, Alderman Steve Martin wants his whole city to get excited about learning.

Disabled diving

Diving with a disability

A scuba diving training program is changing lives for people with disabilities who are swapping wheelchairs for water. Diving offers a sense of freedom and achievement that’s exhilirating and life changing.

Mental health first aid

First aid for mental health

Diamond Valley Learning Centre in Greensborough Victoria is running mental health first aid courses to help staff and students develop skills to identify and help others who are struggling emotionally.

ABC open make a difference

Opening doors to rural life

In small village halls, bush libraries and regional towns across Australia, ABC Open producers teach locals how to hone and share digital stories to share with a huge online community. It’s been a life changing experience for many.

Two hackers

Hands-on hackerspace

Hacker or makerspaces are the latest in a long tradition of community spaces that offer opportunities for informal learning. Inside a handful of members are working together and individually on a range of DIY projects.

Human Library

Human library

The first Human Library in Australia – where you can ‘borrow’ people instead of books – is flourishing in Lismore, New South Wales. It has has proved a powerful way to break down prejudice and build empathy and compassion.

Women take the lead

WA has the greatest gender gap when it comes to adult learning with 36.5% of women compared to 45.8% of men involved in formal and non-formal learning. A new program is encouraging women to take up tutoring in community education.

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