10 reasons to Save Adult Education
October 11, 2015 6 Comments
Please sign and share the link to the petition to Save Adult Education. Evidence shows successive and massive funding cuts over recent years and a decline in numbers of adult learners in part-time education.
Why does this matter?
There are countless reasons, but here are some:
- Education equips us for life, but the world keeps changing after our compulsory school leaving ages. Adults need to adapt to social and technological changes if they are to keep up with developments. What is the cost of leaving people behind?
- Being able to read and write English fluently and to use numbers accurately are basic skills, not only for jobs but for understanding how public services work, being a savvy consumer, reading health information, taking an active part in society and for leading a dignified life. What is the cost of low levels of adult literacy and numeracy?
- All government services are now designed to be ‘digital by default’. How does this work for people who can’t use technology effectively? What is the cost of digital exclusion?
- Young people leaving school now without specific grades in GCSE English and Maths have to reach those standards. How will they be supported if full-time education didn’t meet their needs and adult learning is being starved of resources? What is the cost of limiting adults’ educational opportunities when need is evident?
- Many school leavers with low attainment levels will become parents of children who follow the same pattern. Educating the parents through family learning partnerships is shown to break the cycle and improve attainment levels for both generations. What is the cost of continuing cycles of educational inequality?
- Education is not just for work. It promotes health and wellbeing, reducing isolation for older people and keeping their minds active, while harnessing the benefits of their experience and knowledge.What is the cost of not enriching older people’s lives through learning?
- Low levels of participation in voting means that democracy is not representative. Learning about how political systems work is important if we are to engage people in civic life. What is the cost of disenfranchised citizens?
- All aspects of life depend upon adaptability and active minds. Learning to learn is a skill in itself. What is the cost of failure to adapt?
- Education is a means to address inequality in many forms.What is the cost of inequality?
- Learning is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Art, literature, history and culture should be available to everyone and not only those who can afford them. What is life without interests and pleasure?
Every question about cost can be replaced with another, more positive, about opportunities and possibilities.
Spending on adult education is an investment. There is evidence that it can lead to saving money in various government departments by reducing reliance on public services.
How you can help
1. Write to your local MP – the sooner the better
- Find their contact details at http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
- Write to them by letter or email or contact them via social media. Please click here to download a template of what you might consider writing.
- Write also to the Chancellor George Osborne at HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Let the WEA know you have written either by copying any emails to them at email@example.com or by letting a member of WEA staff know you have contacted your MP
2. Spread the word on social media
- Use #saveadulteducation on twitter and tell the world about the impact adult education has had on your life, family and community
- Join our Facebook Campaign at https://www.facebook.com/saveadulted
3. Sign our campaign petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/sae
Go to the WEA’s website for more information about the Save Adult Education campaign.