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Libraries and Learning. UK policy and practice. Aims of the EQUAL programme.

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Libraries and learning

Libraries and Learning

UK policy and practice

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Aims of the equal programme

Aims of the EQUAL programme

EQUALis designed to test & promote new ways of combating all forms of discrimination and inequalities faced by those groups most disadvantaged in the labour market, both those in work and those seeking work, through transnational cooperation. These groups include women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, older workers, refugees, ex-offenders, drugs and alcohol misusers. EQUAL will also include action to help the social and vocational integration of asylum seekers.

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Leading principles of equal

Leading principles of EQUAL

  • Partnership

  • Thematic approach: Theme E – Promoting lifelong learning and inclusive work practices for those suffering discrimination and inequality

  • Transnationality

  • Empowerment/participation

  • Innovation

  • Dissemination and Mainstreaming

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We are at the intersection of three policy strands

We are at the intersection of three policy strands

Lifelong Learning

Employment

Social inclusion

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Eu policy

EU policy

  • Full employment has always been a central preoccupation of EU policy

  • Lifelong learning has been on the agenda for 15-20 years

  • 1995 was European Year of Lifelong Learning

  • The Lisbon Summit of 2000 restated the need for lifelong learning & pointed out weaknesses in basic skills

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Eeurope action plan

eEurope Action Plan

  • A cheaper, faster and secure Internet

  • Investing in people and skills

    • European youth into the digital age

    • Working in the knowledge based economy

    • Participation for all in the knowledge based economy

    • Stimulate the use of the Internet

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E learning action plan

E-learning Action Plan

  • Encouragement of infrastructure development

  • European area of lifelong learning

  • Create local Learning Centres (in universities and libraries)

  • Special efforts for disadvantaged people

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European programmes

European Programmes

All these activities to be carried out in

IST

FP6 (and 5)

Socrates

Leonardo da Vinci

PETRA

FORCE

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The uk lifelong learning

The UK: lifelong learning

Learning for the 21st Century

The Learning Age (1998)

Learning in the community

Making the most of libraries

Quality Standards

Learning to Succeed

More coherent planning & funding, set up Learning & Skills Council

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Basic skills

Basic Skills

  • A Fresh Start (Moser, 1998)

    • Found that 7m people in UK had poor literacy and numeracy skills

      Led to Skills for Life,the national strategy

      Which aims to improve basic skills of 750 000 people by 2004

      These include unemployed, benefit claimants, low skilled people in employment, homeless people, refugees, asylum seekers, lone parents, disadvantaged communities

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Basic skills 2

Basic Skills (2)

  • Skills for Life strategy sets up national standards, national tests

  • Funding through LSCs and Regional Development Agencies

  • ABSSU to guide, train and support

  • This year, new Skills Strategy White Paper

    to give free learning to adults, adds ICT as the third essential ‘skill for life’

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Social inclusion

Social Inclusion

  • In 1998, Government set up a Social Exclusion Unit

  • It identified main reasons as poverty and lack of opportunity

  • Stimulated Government towards ‘Neighbourhood renewal’ policies

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Libraries and learning infrastructure

Libraries and learning infrastructure

Following the ‘Building he New Library Network the People’s Network project was launched, to put computer internet connections into every UK public library.

2901 libraries are connected, i.e. 70%

In our region 277 of 296 libraries are on, but only 85 libraries (27%) have broadband

The Broadband Education Report calls for all libraries to have broadband.

Wi-fi ‘hotspots’ experiments

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E learning

e-Learning

  • UK Online – 6000 established centres

  • Learndirect – wider range of provision, supported environment.

  • Many centres in libraries

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Library structures and roles

Library structures and roles

  • In UK, public libraries run by Local Authorities

  • Most are associated with Education Departments

  • Mainstream Education policies, especially towards schools, Adult & Community education (but not FE or HE)

  • Government Department responsible for libraries is DCMS, Advised by Resource, the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries

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Other policy trends

Other policy trends

  • Empowering the Learning Community

  • Libraries for All – social inclusion

  • Inspiring Learning for All is currently developing Resource programme

    • Learning Outcomes Toolkit

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Framework for the future

Framework for the Future

  • Framework is essentially a ‘vision piece’ by DCMS

  • It focuses on libraries’ role in developing reading and learning, digital skills and services, community cohesion and civic values.

    Appears to offer no new funding

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Other learning agencies

Other learning Agencies

  • Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit

  • NIACE (National Intitute for Adult & Community Education)

  • NGfL (National Grid for Learning)

  • University for Industry

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Funding for learning

Funding for Learning

  • Learning & Skills Councils – funding & planning education and training for over 16 year olds.£8bn funding (2003-4). Includes Adult & Community Learning.

  • EEDA (East of England Dvelopment Agency) works on skills with LSCs. Produces an Action Plan (FRESA)

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Local networks

Local networks

  • Information, Advice and Guidance networks – often involve libraries

  • Local Learning Partnerships

  • Neighbourhood Learning Partnerships

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Issues for librarians

Issues for Librarians

  • Are libraries happy with their role in learning?

  • Do they want to move into accredited learning?

  • National Skills curriculum/National Tests?

  • Should they train staff as tutors?

  • Funding becomes more complicated – ‘core funding’, national & regional project funding, Euro funding

    LearnEast is trying to deal with at least some of these issues in its mainstreaming activity.

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