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Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning
Rising charges and course cut backs have seen two million learners' places lost from further and adult education in England since 2005. Now groups representing students, staff and local communities have come together to campaign for the right of everyone to access to learning irrespective of class, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, asylum status or employment.
We have founded CALL, the Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning because we believe that affordable access to the life changing opportunities provided by education is the hallmark of a civilised society.
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CALL gets off to a flying start
CALL got off to a very positive start at its September launch
Nearly 200 people attended the launch event and heard impassioned speeches from the five founding organisations, NUS, NIACE, UCU, UNISON and WEA. There were also speeches from Bob Fryer, author of Learning for the 21st Century, and Kelvin Hopkin, MP for Luton North and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education and Lifelong Learning.
Mr Fryer, a former principal of the Northern College for Residential Adult Education, told the launch: 'We need to document the serious crisis that faces adult learning. There is the restriction of finance but more important is the distortion of aims and functions of organisations as they twist and turn to get the limited funding available.'
He highlighted the widespread closures of lifelong learning departments in higher education over the last decade.
Kelvin Hopkin MP spoke of his personal experiences teaching 'Preparation for Retirement' courses in further education. He told the launch: 'I was inspired by the thirst amongst older people for learning but that is now constrained by funding and the availability of courses.'
There were many speeches from the floor representing all sectors involved in adult learning, further education, non and informal adult learning. Higher Education, ESOL, students and pensioners.
To view podcasts of the main speakers and find out more about CALL, including how to join, visit www.callcampaign.org.uk
CALL believes our education system should provide: