November 2019 will mark the centenary of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s Final Report on Adult Education.
The 1919 report
In 1919, the Ministry of Reconstruction’s adult education committee published a Report on Adult Education, arguing that a population educated throughout life was vital for the future of the country. This report set the groundwork for a liberal approach to adult education for the rest of the 20th century. Its centenary is, we believe, a vital opportunity to reflect on the needs and possibilities for adult education today and into the century ahead.
The 1919 Centenary Commission
The 1919 Centenary Commission marks the centenary of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s Final Report on Adult Education in 1919. The commission will produce a report with future recommendations on the needs and possibilities for adult education today and into the century ahead. The publication of the report will be in November 2019 to coincide with the publication date of the 1919 report.
Read more about the commission here
A programme of activities will mark the centenary of this important report. As part of this, and to stimulate a wide-ranging debate and to open up new avenues for the development of adult education for the century ahead, we are setting up the 1919 Centenary Commission, along with the steering group that make up the campaign #AdultEducation100 – supported by the WEA; Co-operative College; Raymond Williams Foundation; University of Nottingham, Kellogg College and the University of Oxford.
You can read more about this on the background document.
Adult Education 100 Campaign
Adult Education 100 Campaign Patrons
- Baroness Joan Bakewell, President of Birkbeck University of London
- Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge
- Lalage Bown, Prof. Emeritus, Adult & Continuing Education, University of Glasgow
- Andy Haldane, Chief Economist, Bank of England
- Mel Lenehan, Principal and CEO, Fircroft College
- John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
- John Hayes, MP
- Michael Sheen, Actor
- Ruby Wax, Mental Health Campaigner
You can read the campaign newsletter here
How you can take part in the debate?
You can - run events, coffee mornings and lectures that centre around adult education – past and present. This could include ‘coffee, cake and debate’ sessions; history courses focused on this moment in time with a debate added at the end; or events that include a mixture of activities.
It’s up to you! – Please share on social media using: #AdultEducation100
#AdultEducation100 activity pack – we’ve produced a few items to help you get started: posters; recipe cards; information details and debate cards. The debate cards include a supportive element to feed your answers back so that they can be collated to support further research. There is a link to support feeding back your responses below.
- Download full WEA guide
- Download WEA briefing note
- Download WEA debate cards
- Download WEA recipe card 1, recipe card 2, recipe card 3
- Download WEA certificate
…I’m from another organisation but I still want to support #AdultEducation100
Great! We’ve produced the same items for you, please see below:
- Download full guide
- Download briefing note
- Download debate cards
- Download recipe card 1, recipe card 2, recipe card 3
- Download certificate
- Download event poster (Word document)
Thank you for supporting #AdultEducation100