Cultural Playing Field

Supporting self-organising learning by Robin Simpson
December 10, 2008, 12:19 pm
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On Monday I was at the Imperial War Museum in London to attend a round-table meeting organised by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. The Department’s Informal Adult Learning consultation earlier this year elicited 5500 formal responses and is likely to result in a Green or White Paper in January 2009. This was one of a series of events to look in detail at the proposals to be launched in January. The theme of Monday’s round-table was ‘supporting self-organising learning’ – ie groups of people who come together to organise their own informal learning, including voluntary arts groups. The rationale is that self-organised learning helps develop civil society and supports social cohesion and DIUS is looking at how to join up support from a range of Government departments for such activity – whilst stressing that this is not about trying to reduce or shift existing funding. We looked in detail at how to ‘signpost’ people to this wide range of learning opportunities, better support for groups – particularly in relation to the spaces they need in which to operate and other major barriers to the development of self-organising groups including insurance, licensing issues etc. There is clearly great potential for more coherent Government support to voluntary arts groups across the relevant Government departments and I look forward to seeing the final proposals from DIUS in January. 

Robin Simpson.

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