The Learning Revolution
- Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS)
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
This White Paper, 'The Learning Revolution (Cm. 7555)', outlines the Government’s proposals to foster and encourage informal adult learning. Informal adult learning is part-time, non-vocational learning where the primary purpose is not to gain a qualification but learning for its intrinsic value. People participate for enjoyment and are driven by their desire for personal fulfillment or intellectual, creative and physical stimulation.
Activities cover a huge range, including:
dance classes and book clubs;
visits to museums;
galleries and historic properties;
online research; and
Such activity contributes to the health and well-being of communities by building the confidence and resilience of the individuals involved, developing social relationships, and acting as a stepping stone to further learning and skill development.
The Government will establish a clear identity for informal learning and promote four initiatives:
a Learning Pledge;
a Festival of Learning;
an Open Space Movement; and
a Transformation Fund of £20 million.
Partner organisations from the private and public sector will be invited to contribute to the strategy.
Increased access to informal adult learning will be addressed through:
widening learning opportunities for older people;
reaching out to the disadvantaged;
developing a package of support for community learning champions; and
increasing availability of informal working in the workplace.
Technology and broadcasting are seen as crucial in transforming the way people learn: 65% of all households now have an internet connection and 90% of the population has at least one digital television.
Government will act as a catalyst, investing additional funding in building the capacity and linkages that enable innovative learning opportunities to flourish.
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