In Australia: a media training programme for Indigenous prisoners

A media training programme for Indigenous prisoners in Australia is helping them gain skills that may lead to a job – and get their stories out.

The latest issue of Adult Learning Australia’s magazine, Quest, has an article about the media training and the stories the inmates tell:
"Whether it’s making the most of education, giving up smoking, sharing stories of inspiring women, celebrating International Women’s Day or learning to drive, the show connects with audiences inside and outside the prison fences.”

Cities of Learning in the UK

Cities of Learning (CofL) is a new place-based approach to enhancing lifelong learning through digitally connecting individuals to learning, employment and civic opportunities within a defined locality.

It was first established in the US – and has been introduced to the UK by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a digital credentialing organisation called Digitalme.

Upskilling Pathways – new opportunities for EU adults

EU adult education

In 2016, in response to a finding that close to 70 million Europeans struggle with basic reading and writing; calculation; and using digital tools in everyday life – the European Commission (EC) adopted a recommendation on Upskilling Pathways.

In February 2019, based on information provided by the Member States, the Commission published a staff working document taking stock of their implementation plans and progress.

OECD says boosting adult learning essential


Earlier this year the OECD published a report on the need to boost adult learning to help people adapt to future of work. The report, Getting Skills Right: Future-Ready Adult Learning Systems, says that new technologies, globalisation and population ageing are changing the quantity and quality of jobs as well as the skills they require. Providing better skilling and re-skilling opportunities to workers affected by these changes is essential to make sure the future works for all.

There is a particular need for more disadvantaged people to get involved in learning.