Local authorities and communities are increasingly interested in engagement and methods of achieving this. They are also concerned with resource optimisation – achieving more for less.
Developing initiatives in community education and webs of learning is one positive way of engaging communities and doing so in a very cost effective way. This seminar looks at how this can be done with some example of engagement and learning in practice
It will also look at how successful collaboration with communities, colleges and universities as well as NGOs can help in this process.
This seminar will look at some of the new ideas developing around community education and the pivotal role that local authorities can play in partnership with others.
What we would like to do in this seminar is explore some of these ideas and ask you to discuss how you think community education could develop in your locality to further engagement with your communities.
What is the nature of that education would be and what partners you would involve and how can it optimise resources.
We would also look at cost effective ways of developing education and how the new media could help develop this in a comprehensive way.
Participants of this workshop will gain:
- An understanding of community education and its depth within communities
- Some of the new ideas around community education through several case studies
- The importance of partnerships and collaboration in developing community education
- The pivotal role the local authority can play in enabling a learning environment
- Some ideas on how social networking and the new media can be used to develop community education
- Timely feedback and next steps
The morning session will explore the idea of engagement and the role of community education in this. We will explore some radical approaches to community education and look at the experience of developing community engagement through education over time in one authority. We will also make time for those attending to develop some of their ideas and experiences and feed it back to others.
09:30 Coffee and Registration
10:00 Introduction to day and overview (Francis Sealey, GlobalNet21)
10:20 Community engagement and the learning community (David Boyle)
10:40 Education, community and local authority (Francis Sealey & Anna Loughlin, Enfield)
11:10 Questions and discussion
11:25 Break out into working groups
11:55 Feedback from groups
The afternoon session will explore three case studies and discuss the growing pop up university movement as well as other initiatives. We will also briefly look at the role of social networking and the new media.
Finally we will look at one local authority that has developed a strategic approach to asset mapping their communities with the aim to develop the strength of those communities and to build from the bottom up. This approach lays the framework for developing community education and development.
12:40 Overview of afternoon (Francis Sealey)
12:50 The pop-up university (Garmon Ap Garth Birkbeck University)
13:10 Case study 1 – London Borough of Enfield
13.30 Case study 2 – The Community University Bradford (Skype Session)
13:50 Case study 3 – Paxton Green Time Bank
14:10 Tea break
14:20 The local authority and building from the bottom up (Croydon Council – Sharon Godman)
14:50 Questions to speakers
15:10 Working groups
15:55 Feedback on day
* This programme was correct at the time of publication but may be altered to reflect speaker changes that are beyond our control.