August 2010

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 02 August/ Repeat Friday 05 August 2010

A Learning Society
Unlocking Community Power and Creativity

Local communities are best placed to understand their own strengths and identify and respond to their own issues and problems. Our guest in Learning Works this week, Brian Smith, Executive Officer of Local Community Services Association in NSW, is passionate about the role of local communities, and especially neighbourhood houses and community centres, in enabling communities to work towards results they want and need. Brian Smith was in Adelaide recently for the Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association Annual Conference.

Online Resources: Audio

A Learning Society
Massive – Art Exhibition at Eastwood Community Centre

Bright colours and naïve images are set to enchant viewers in an exhibition of artworks by 22 local artists with intellectual disabilities. Their promotion of positive experiences is “Massive”. This exhibition will be officially opened on Wednesday 4 August at 1pm as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA). The artists displaying their works as part of this free exhibition are taught by professional artist and teacher Hans Kreiner, as part of a Community Bridging Services program which supports individuals to enhance their confidence and personal growth. This Learning Works interview features artist and teacher Hans Kreiner, and Allison Byrne, Community Development Co-ordinator at Eastwood Community Centre.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 09 August/ Repeat Friday 13 August 2010

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
“Why wouldn’t you feel happy coming here!”
Volunteering in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Adelaide Botanic Gardens with Laine LangridgeRetirement and then a serious illness have not prevented our guest today from finding deep fulfillment as a volunteer guide at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. In this full-length program, find out about the work of volunteers in this beautiful setting in the heart of Adelaide, as Tony Ryan takes a tour with volunteer guide Laine Langridge, whose doctor had said “Find something to bring joy into your life” as part of the process of recovering from illness. We also hear from Katrina Nietscke, Manager of Public Programs and Community Education at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. (Repeat program)

Pictured above: Adelaide Botanic Gardens volunteer Laine Langridge

Monday 16 August/ Repeat Friday 20 August 2010

A Learning Society
Murray Bridge Community Centre

Learning Works this week begins with a short extract from a longer program recorded recently at the Murray Bridge Community Centre, some 80k out of Adelaide on the road to Melbourne. We hear about some of their clients and focus on the creative writing classes offered through the centre. Learning Works’ Tony Ryan speaks with MBCC Coordinator Pat Davies.

MBCC Mural


Just part of a large mural on the wall at the front of the Murray Bridge Community Centre in South Australia


Online Resources: Audio

A Learning Society
The Role of CANH in supporting Adult Community Education

With Adult Learners Week coming up in the first week of September, our guest in Learning Works this week is Gill McFadyen, Executive Officer of the Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association of South Australia. In this extended interview with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan, we’ll be hearing about the key role these centres play in supporting adult community education in South Australia.

Online Resources: Audio

Cinema Studies
Film Review - Inception

“Hollywood is sometimes referred to as The Dream Factory. It is not inappropriate therefore, that one of the latest Hollywood blockbusters – a movie called Inception – is all about dreams!” So begins John J McGowan’s review of the latest film starring Leonardo Di Caprio – Inception.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 23 August/ Repeat Friday 27 August 2010

A Learning Society
My Learning Journey - Sarah

In our lead-up to Adult Learners’ Week, here is another Learning Journey. Things don’t always work out as we had planned when we left school. In Sarah’s story, we hear how she left school early and began her career with some nursing studies, but soon, for personal reasons, stopped studying – a difficult time as she thought that she would never be able to return to any studies. Later, when her children were growing up, she began courses in teacher education. Hear how Sarah now feels as she looks back on her Learning Journey, and how she is now undertaking post-graduate studies, and very much enjoying her present work in a public library.

Adult Learners’ Week is celebrated around Australia, from 1 – 8 September. In Learning Works next week, our special guest is the Honourable Jack Snelling MP, South Australia’s Minister for Employment Training and Further Education.

Online Resources: Audio

Arts Literature and Music
Building Literacy in Young People - Children’s Book Week Winners

Each year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia announces a range of awards for outstanding books for children and young people. This year, the theme was Across the Story Bridge – a great theme to encourage young people of all ages into the joy of reading. In this current interview, Sandhya and Michelle from Salisbury Library Service are in conversation with Learning Works’ Tony Ryan, and look at the importance of these awards in encouraging young people to enjoy reading, and discuss the four winning books.

Details of the winning books are online

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 30 August/ Repeat Friday 3 September 2010

A Learning Society
Adult Learners Week – South Australia

From 1 – 8 September, communities in cities and in rural areas around Australia are celebrating Adult Learners Week 2010. Whether formal, informal or non-formal, adult learning plays an increasingly vital role in our everyday lives – these days, we talk about lifelong learning, as we are more than ever aware that our learning does not cease when we leave school.

In Learning Works this week, our focus is on Adult Learners Week in South Australia. On Thursday 26 August, at a dinner attended by some 250 people, four awards were presented by the Minister for Employment Training and Further Education, The Honourable Jack Snelling MP. In this program, we also hear about two of the award winners. The Mid-Murray Community Support Service in Mannum and neighbouring centres in regional South Australia was recognized as an outstanding learning community. Another learning community celebrating an Adult Learners Week Award is the Taperoo Community Centre in Adelaide, and especially one of their workers – Trevor Wells - who was named as South Australia’s Adult Learner of the Year.

The program ends with an interview with Raymond Garrand, Chief Executive of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology.

Online Resources:

Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education

Mid Murray Community Support Centre

Adult Learner of the Year, from Taperoo Community Centre

Ray Garrand, Chief Executive of DFEEST

Tony Ryan
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