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The Learning Conference 2003

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Building Effective Responses in Non-formal Education in Low SES Communities

Shrestha Mona, Steve Wilson.

This is the second of two papers reporting a project conducted with a City Council in Sydney, Australia. The first paper examined key issues for NFE identified in the community. This second paper reports the beginning of a process of working with NFE providers to improve the human capital and empowerment outcomes of their practices. The first step in this process was the City Council convening a two day Community Learning Forum, to which all the NFE providers who had been engaged by the research, and many others, were invited. The forum consisted of the council putting forward its vision and capital plan for the community, and the researchers reporting their findings on NFE. A number of focus groups then worked through issues confronting NFE, and identified outcomes they would like to see occur. The key outcome arising from the Forum was the need for collaborate between NFE providers to maximise their intellectual energy, resources, and to build more seamless practices.


Shrestha Mona  (Australia)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Regional Research and Innovation, School of Social Ecology and Lifelong Learning
University of Western Sydney

Mona Shrestha is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the School of Social Ecology and Lifelong Learning (SELL) at the University of Western Sydney. She is also a member of Regional Research and Innovation Group within SELL. Mona's research interests are in gender issues on co-operative conflict', women and religion, and community learning.

Steve Wilson  (Australia)
Head of School
School of Social Ecology and Lifelong Learning College of Arts, Education and Social Sciences
University of Western Sydney

Steve Wilson is a member of the School of Social Ecology and Lifelong Learning at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, and a member of the Regional Research and Innovation Research Group (RRI) at UWS. His research interests include lifelong learning, student participation in schooling, non formal education, and school - community links.

  • Non-formal education
  • Community education

(30 min Conference Paper, English)