Web version ACAL

August 2017

In this issue

1. From the Vice-President

2017 AGM and Committee elections

2. ACAL Conference in Darwin

'Traders, Neighbours and Intruders: Points of contact'

Full program details

Pre-conference symposium

Research forum

Networking

3. NSWALNC Conference 'Creating Spaces for Learning and Teaching in ABE'

4. Lock up the libraries

5. Corrections Education Association International Conference

6. Adult Learners' Week 2017

1. From the Vice-President

Hi everyone,

There is some amazing work happening in Darwin and there is a program that has something for everyone for the ACAL 2017 Conference. I'm looking forward to seeing you up there. The ACAL website has some clips of presenters talking about their work. These provide context and a bit of a taste of what will be happening at the Conference. ACAL is excited to be hosting such diversity and quality, while showcasing what Darwin has to offer.

Speaking of what Darwin has to offer, I hope those of you who are looking to come to the conference have had an opportunity to check out the additional activities that are on offer! The Deckchair Cinema on the tropical waterfront is an ideal way to catch up and relax while you reflect on the presentations from the day.

The ACAL Committee has engaged the work of Darwin-based artist Franck Gohier to celebrate 40 years of advocacy by producing a T-shirt. These are available through pre-order and pick up at the 2017 Darwin Conference.

In other news, ACAL has provided feedback on recommendations for the Foundation Skills Training Package. This information will be reviewed by the Education Industry Reference Committee.

2017 AGM and Committee elections

Details for the 2017 ACAL AGM will be released soon, so please think about becoming involved with the Committee. Position profiles are available on the ACAL website. The four executive positions become vacant at the AGM while state/territory representatives are appointed by the local council.

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The States and Territories are busy at the moment with a number of activities on the horizon. Please take some time to check your local organisations.

Daniella Mayer, Vice-President

2. ACAL Conference in Darwin

'Traders, Neighbours and Intruders: Points of contact'

Full program details

Around forty sessions to choose from ranging from taster sessions to full papers.

Pre-conference symposium

'Action for Change: Indigenous Adult English Language, Literacy and Numeracy'

Research forum

'Refreshing the Research Commitment: Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Research to strengthen collective impact'

Networking

Deckchair Cinema

Mindil Market

3. NSWALNC Conference ‘Creating Spaces for Learning and Teaching in ABE’

1 December 2017 Sydney

NSW ALNC 2017 conferenceOver the 40 years since the inception of the council, the field has undergone tremendous changes ‒ in name, in philosophical orientation, in the nature and purpose of provision, and in professional status. This conference will be a forum in which participants consider the different spaces in which ABE demands exist, and what participants in the field can do to shape the ways in which the demands could be met.

We ask: Where are the spaces to debate policy, practice and pedagogy in ABE?

4. Lock up the libraries

Bolivia  literacy campaignConstruction of the libraries form part of a literacy campaign in Bolivia targeting historically-oppressed communities.

The Bolivian government has created over 400 community libraries as part of a program called Bolivia Reads, a nationwide campaign promoting literacy in rural and urban areas across the country.

The libraries are designated for prisoners, Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, campesinos and the elderly. 

'We are delivering 412 community libraries thanks to the efforts and support of society as a whole, the Armed Forces, Indigenous authorities, educational units and the general public who participated in the collection of books,' Minister of Education Roberto Aguilar said in a statement.

This year alone, 174,185 books have been collected throughout the country to fill the community libraries and provide basic training for citizens in areas that lack access to public books, a problem which the government is hoping to address, according to the official. 

5. Australasian Corrections Education Association Inc. (ACEA) 13th Biennial  International Conference

QT Canberra, 3rd - 5th October 2017 

ACEA logoNew WAALC committee member, Jane Stapel, from the Department of Justice will present a session at the upcoming ACEA conference about the Western Australian curriculum Entry to General Education for Adults (EGE). The EGE is currently being reviewed for accreditation and has proved very successful in providing credit for low literacy prisoners engaging in popular programs such as healthy eating, driver education and computer based learning. New electives are being added to include Aboriginal language learning, cooking, art and music.  

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6. Adult Learners' Week 2017

Adult Learners' Week 2017Adult Learners’ Week is a UNESCO initiative supported in Australia by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and coordinated by Adult Learning Australia. Adult Learners' Week runs from 1–8 September and incorporates International Literacy Day, which is celebrated annually on September 8.

Adult Learners' Week in Australia is part of an international festival of adult learning.

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