Australia is a signatory to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda has been developed as ‘a plan for action for people, planet and prosperity’. It is a plan to end poverty and hunger, to protect our planet, to enable all human beings to enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives in peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
This conference invites participants to consider the role of adult literacy and numeracy education in promoting this agenda including the most directly pertinent goal to our field: Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
In 1979 Darryl Dymock, then Honorary Secretary of ACAL, realised that adult literacy across Australia was ‘difficult to piece together because of the diversity of provision and the lack of documentation’ (Dymock 1982,p3). He therefore set about surveying adult literacy programs across Australia to understand who was in the field and what mattered to them. He published his results in a booklet published by ACAL in 1982.
Fast forward to 2019 and we are still questioning the diversity of the field, and particularly who our members are and what the hot topics are that interest them. Please take a moment to complete our short online survey to tell us about your adult literacy and numeracy context and the issues that matter to you. We will share the results in the following newsletter.
Ref Dymock, D, 1982. Adult literacy provision in Australia: trends and needs, ACAL.
Survey extended until April 30.
What we asked the pollies …
This is the email that we have sent out to Federal Ministers and Shadow Ministers as well as Green and Independent politicians. We hope that we will be able to share their responses with you through our newsletters and on the ACAL website.
The Australian Council of Adult Literacy is a key body representing individuals and organisations concerned with adult literacy in Australia. We are writing to you and a number of key politicians to ascertain your views on a number of critical issues of concern for our members. We are hoping that your office might provide short written responses to the questions below. Your responses will be published in our newsletter and on the ACAL website.
- As an adult, have you engaged in any formal learning? How did you find the experience?
- What do you envisage are the challenges and opportunities for adult literacy and numeracy learners in Australia?
- What role does adult literacy and numeracy play in Australia’s future?
- A number of other countries have policies on literacy and numeracy for adults. What do you think we can learn from these nations?
- Do you think Australia needs a new policy on adult literacy and numeracy?
We are hoping to publish our interviews in our newsletter. If your office could consider a response, it would be appreciated by our members.
Have you read it?
A review of documents relating to adult literacy and numeracy