Ontario’s Adult Education Consultation and an On-going Concern about a Seemingly Uncoordinated System

Christine Pinsent-Johnson has written a post on the various initiatives underway in Ontario. Lots happening, much of it good, but she wonders if it’s a bit too much or uncoordinated.

Policy Problems

So much is happening in Ontario’s adult education system in a very short period of time that it becomes challenging to keep track of announcements and various initiatives. In just over a year, those working in LBS, ESL/FSL and Adult Credit have been caught up with

  1. The Highly Skilled Workforce Initiative,
  2. The LBS evaluation, a symposium and now a year-long engagement process (announcements here),
  3. An infusion of funding,
  4. Further development of the adult education strategy
  5. An extensive audit of ESL/FSL,
  6. And now a province-wide adult education consultation process, accompanying a reorganization of the adult education system.

For those working in the field, particularly for those involved with all three learning ministries (i.e. the Ministries of Citizenship and Immigration, Education and Advanced Education and Skills Development) any one of these efforts would have been enough to draw attention away from day-to-day program operations. Now there are six initiatives…

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About Brigid Hayes

Brigid Hayes has developed an expertise in learning that spans almost 30 years as a senior policy advisor, program manager and partnership developer. Her knowledge of and experience in workplace literacy and learning has contributed to her recognition as an expert in this field, and she has undertaken significant activities to both help promote and enhance literacy and lifelong learning. Brigid works as an independent consultant and expert advisor on learning, literacy, and work. She has successfully developed a strategic planning and policy development practice involving workplace literacy, essential skills, partnership development, research, and evaluation.
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