We have been discussing the skills which are needed in a community preparing for transition and how they are going to be shared and learned.
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We started by making a huge mind map which covered all the situations in which learning takes place, and where potentially education, training and skills development for transition could occur.
This exercise showed that the scope is vast, ranging from home education to further education, schools, universities, youth groups, private tutors, colleges and so on. Everyone felt that education is fundamental to the transition process, and should be a central theme when lobbying government about sustainable development.
The group has been discussing the skills which are needed in a community preparing for transition, and how they are going to be shared and learned. We feel that most people are really keen to learn new skills, but generally having to pay for courses is a barrier. We discussed whether Transition Stroud could deliver a programme of subsidised training opportunities, when fundraising becomes possible, with practical course such as bread making, sewing, food growing etc. being popular suggestions. We also discussed the need for training for the skills such as public speaking, fundraising, facilitating etc, which are required in the Transition group.
In order to find out more about the need for training we have decided as a starting point to organise a Training and Skills Audit among the Transition group, to see what people actually what to learn and what skills they have to share. Alice Goodenough and Carolyn Buckley are working on this. This might develop into some sort of directory and enable us to plan a programme of workshops.
The group has talked a lot about the importance of working with schools locally. Some of us are teachers and governors and are already involved through our work in environmental education. Ali Judd has agreed to be a contact point and to support schools with joining the ‘Eco Schools’ programme. John Meadley is talking to the District Council about getting support for developing composting schemes in schools.
The group feels that whilst we know how much needs to be done, the main thing which would enable it to happen would be securing funding for an education/outreach worker to undertake the work.