Building Rural and Regional Communities through Adult Education Forum

Building Rural and Regional Communities through Adult Education Forum

Date(s) - 5 Jul 2013
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Ron Smyth Building, CQUniversity

The president of Australia’s peak adult learning body will be taking part in a forum in Rockhampton on July 5 calling for a reassessment of adult education in Australia…

At a time when Australians are dropping out of the workforce at unprecedented rates, one half of adults in paid work have completed no formal qualification since leaving school and one third of Australian adults remain functionally illiterate.

The situation is worse in regional and rural Australia with young people living in rural or remote locations almost 50% less likely to hold either a higher VET qualification or university degree than those in other areas.

With so many people lacking the basic skills to effectively take part in and contribute to society, Professor Barry Golding, President of Adult Learning Australia, is calling for industry and government to refocus on the wider role of adult education.

Professor Golding is one of the keynote speakers at the Building Rural and Regional Communities through Adult Education Forum. This event has been organised by Adult Learning Australia in partnership with CQUniversity Australia and also features ALA CEO Sally Thompson as MC.

The forum is all about building communities through learning and highlighting the benefits of adult and community education in rural and regional communities. It will explore the partnerships between formal learning providers (such as TAFEs and universities) and non-formal community-based organisations, which deliver many socio-economic benefits including health, social, leisure and financial outcomes.

The forum is open to all interested parties and will be held on July 5 at CQUniversity’s Ron Smyth Building at 240 Quay Street on Rockhampton’s southside.

To attend this forum, simply register online at:  

About Adult Learning Australia

Adult Learning Australia is the national peak body for Adult and Community Education. Its vision is for equitable access to lifelong and lifewide learning for all Australians.

‘Lifelong learning’ means learning beyond school throughout the adult years via the formal education system, in workplaces and through community participation.

‘Lifewide learning’ means developing the skills and knowledge required to engage in meaningful work, to participate fully as a citizen in a vibrant democracy, to live in harmony in a diverse, multi-cultural and rapidly changing society and to manage one’s health and personal wellbeing, particularly in the senior years.

Adult Learning Australia is a not-for-profit entity with both organisational and individual members in all states and territories. Details are via: or .

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