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Presenation by Colin Campbell of Assist Social Capital at the Learning Cirlces and Lifelong Learning

Presenation by Colin Campbell of Assist Social Capital at the Learning Cirlces and Lifelong Learning

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  • Assist social capital has been around since 2004. Our aims are to promote the practical application of social capital. While the term has been around for over 100 years it did not really gain credibility until the latter half of last centaury, Bordieu – who talked about the advantages of class Coleman – the advantages of class in education Putnam – Bowling Alone

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  • SOCIAL CAPITAL & Lifelong Learning Norton Park, Edinburgh 1 st July, 2011
    • “ Is what I’m about to do
    • strengthening the web of connections,
    • or is it weakening it?”
          • (Quoted by Margaret Wheatley, 2010)
  • SOCIAL CAPITAL Networks together with shared norms, values and understanding that facilitate co-operation within or among groups. (Office for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Social Capital & Learning
    • The relationship between social capital and learning has attracted considerable interest ever since the first publication of James Coleman’s Foundations of Social Theory (Coleman 1988). Coleman was able to show that schoolchildren’s performance was influenced positively by the existence of close ties between teachers, parents, neighbours and church ministers.
        • (John Field, Stirling University)
  • Social Capital & Learning
    • Learning communities use learning as a way to build community capacity, and to promote social cohesion, social inclusion, regeneration and economic development.
        • (HMiE ‘Learning in Scotland’s Communities’)
  • Lifelong Learning (LLL)
    • Promotes the development of knowledge and competences that will enable each citizen to adapt to the knowledge-based society and actively participate in all spheres of social and economic life, taking more control of his or her future.
  • Lifelong Learning (LLL)
    • Values all forms of learning , including: formal learning, such as a degree course followed at university; non-formal learning, such as vocational skills acquired at the workplace; and informal learning , such as inter-generational learning, for example where parents learn to use ICT through their children, or learning how to play an instrument together with friends .
  • Grundtivg Project
    • Adult education is a central component of LLL and has a key role within all the EU strategies starting from the Treaty of Lisbon.
    • It is considered a “public good” and a public responsibility, with a cultural mediation role and as a support for the growth of social capital; increasing citizen participation, improving public health and higher levels of individual opportunity; all typical outputs of Nonprofit organisations.
  • What is Nopros?
    • NOPROS (Non-Profit Space) facilitates access to LLL and the acquisition of key and transversal competencies by using the Non-profit sector as a platform and Learning Circles as a tool to facilitate learning opportunities.
    • It is a partnership of 11 organisations from 9 European countries, working together to design 5 curricula that will promote the EU competencies.
  • Nopros Partners Italy (3) Tamat (Lead Partner) / La Societa dello Spettacolo / CEL Portugal Cenjor UK (3) Assist Social Capital / National Media Museum / De Charles Lithuania ASDPS Estonia Andras Greece ANCE Switzerland SEED
  • Nopros Learning Circle Curricula Cultural awareness & expression LC1 – European Theatre from an Historical Perspective Communication: mother tongue and foreign languages LC2 – Cultural Heritage for Multilingual Communities Digital competence LC3 – Creative Communication and Cooperation Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship LC4 – The Value of Social Enterprise Mathematical and basic competencies on science and technology LC5 – Cooperation and Sustainable Resource Control
  • What are Learning Circles?
    • They are based on the idea that an informed community is essential to genuine participation and that ordinary people have the right and the ability to contribute to decision making
    • Value and build from people’s life experiences and knowledge
    • Enable people to participate as equals, with everyone learning from each other
    • Are fun and empowering
  • Learning about traditional dress
  • Learning Circles
    • Build a wide range of skills
    • Are dynamic, flexible, inclusive and highly participatory
    • Require little infrastructure, so they work in rural, remote and community contexts
    • Learning circles meet in small groups (usually 5–15 participants) once or twice a week for a number of weeks, generally for around two hours at a time to discuss, explore and learn
  • Learning in the kitchen I
  • Learning Circles
    • Are a cost-effective way of reaching people who are isolated or face other barriers to participation
    • Learning is supported by background materials in the form of a framework curriculum, to draw out life experiences, encourage discussion and enable everyone to develop their own views and explore these with others.
    • Learners determine their own objectives and set their own pace
  • Learning in the kitchen II
  • Learning in the kitchen III
  • Robyn learns about henna
  • Who’s driving?
  • WE ALL ARE!