14.3 C
Byron Shire
July 1, 2022

Lifelong learning in challenging times

Latest News

Supply chain pain? Try localisation!

A community screening of Local Futures’ new film, 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', will be held today, Friday, July 1, at The Farm in Byron Bay from 6pm. Damon Gameau and Pacha Light will be joining Helena Norberg-Hodge for a discussion afterwards.

Other News

Building hei(s)(gh)ts

I also strongly agree with David Gilet and Paul McCarthy on the creeping cancer of increased building heights/heists in...

The politics of gentrification and ‘holding the line’

Who are the visionary architects and planners that will protect and enhance this ramshackle surf town’s social fabric and built environment of Byron Bay?

First Nations place-names under Ballina council spotlight

Greater efforts at reconciliation with First Nations people in the Ballina Shire when it comes to place-names is to happen after furious agreement at June’s council meeting.

Lake Ainsworth

The heavy rain on 28–30 March 2022 resulted in flooding of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head to about 2m...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: War on the Wombs

The right to safe abortion is the cornerstone of the women’s movement. It’s the ground on which we stand to become lawyers and academics and policy writers and journalists and activists. It’s allowed us reproductive freedom and put us on equal footing with those without wombs; mainly cis men who, for centuries, saw our bodies as countries to rape and pillage. Our wombs were colonised – the cock was the flag that ploughed deep into our stolen earth.

Get booked, from July 1

The annual Byron Shire Book Fair is finally going ahead from Friday July 1 to Sunday July 3 from 9am to 4pm at the Byron Bay Surf Club.

Byron College’s Richard Vinycomb and Adult Learning Australia CEO Sally Thompson before the three-day national conference.

Story & photo Eve Jeffery

As winners of the 2011 national Adult Learning Innovative Program Award, last week the Byron Region Community College welcomed educators from all over the country when they hosted the 52nd Annual ALA (Adult Learning Australia) Conference.

The theme for this year’s event was community resilience and its relationship to lifelong learning. This conference explores ways that lifelong learning nurtures this resilience in the face of challenging times.

CEO for Adult Learning Australia, Sally Thompson, said that the main aim for this year’s conference is to explore the relationship between learning and resilience. ‘What we know is that resilience and the capacity to learn and relearn skills are the important 21st century competencies’, she said. ‘These things are going to become essential because we don’t know what the technical capabilities of tomorrow will look like and we don’t know what the jobs of tomorrow will look like.

‘All that we do know is that they will be new and they will be different and will require new skills, so what this conference is exploring is what is the core skill that people will need and we think it is the ability to be resilient and to be able to adapt and reinvent yourself on the basis of need opportunities that arise.’

Workshop and seminars over the three days included discussion about some key international trends in building innovative learning cities as resilient sustainable communities of opportunity, literacy and sustainability as well as building resilience in a professional services community.

Sally says that basically old dogs are essentially going to have to learn new tricks. ‘One of the messages we have is that the days when people trained or educated themselves once, got into the workforce and expected that it would be enough to last them through a lifetime are just gone. These days people’s jobs change significantly because of advances in technology and because of the amount of movement, choices and freedom in job choice.

‘The workforce is going to have to be much more resilient to cope with these issues.’

For more information, visit the Byron College website: www.byroncollege.org.au

Previous articleCliff jumping
Next articleToad Muster

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Dry July to help you and Our House

In July 2008, three mates, Brett, Kenny and Phil, wanted to take a break from alcohol, so decided to abstain for the month of July, coining it their 'Dry July'.

Very wet and very dry: unprecedented droughts and hyper-damaging floods in the future

The world will be pushed to more weather extremes in coming decades, according to two studies which carry stark warnings of floods and droughts, respectively.

Australian-first Surf Series and workshops ends in Lennox Head on Sunday

It might be cold outside but that's not stopping women who love to surf and over 100 women and girls will participate in the first female event series in Australia on Sunday at Lennox Head.

It’s plastic free July!

Did you know that plastic packaging and single-use plastic items make up 60 per cent of all litter in NSW?