Education and Training

Education and Training

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We all learn, most readily in our first few years of life. The early childhood and childhood years are extremely important times in any person’s life and can have a major effect on how that person will manage their life as they grow and develop.

It is said that the first 7 years will determine the type of person you will be for the rest of your life.

We don’t stop learning. Life-long learning and life experience can be as important, if not more important, than TAFE/college qualifications or university degrees. Learning can be accomplished by interaction with another, in a classroom or other mode or it can also be self-managed, by home schooling, distance education or a mixture of the above.

Learning starts at home, then proceeds to school, then into the "real world" where life skills are learned, not always the easy way.

I always think of leaving school as having earned your "L" plates and it is then that real learning begins.

When we speak of education and training, we should consider our life-long learning needs and put in place the necessary infrastructure and support that will maximise opportunity for all, at all times in our lives.

We should also consider a full education, including all the important elements that will help us to survive in the wilds of the workforce. STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics. Yes, the Arts are as important to our learning and specifically our culture, as any of the the other STEM subjects.

You can add the all-important life skills into the mix as well, so that our young adults will be better prepared for survival when leaving home and not just have the academic knowledge to get a job.

 

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