18th Aug 2015: A World To Win; Learning From The Past, Making The Future by Keith Venables

Keith Venables

Come along to Leith Beer Company, put your feet up and listen to Keith tell us about the history of working class education


Title of talk:

A World to Win: learning from the past; making the future.

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • What do key events in working class history teach us?
  • Can we apply them now to make a better world?
  • This will be an interactive session.

A few paragraphs on your subject:

Independent Working Class Education looks at the rich history of working class people deciding for themselves what kind of education – and what kind of life – they want. This is not an historical nostalgia project. Going back before the Plebs League (1909) they have always learned from the struggle, but often not won. Why is this? Were the obstacles insurmountable? Did they not realise the importance of community? of women’s roles? of migration? of empire?
We’ll look at the Plebs League itself but also the Match women’s strike (1888) and the famous Grunwick Strike (1978) and things happening today. Our hope is that those who come, will look at some ideas we’ve written down and change and improve them through lively discussion.

A few paragraphs about you:

Keith Venables has been a trade union tutor and volunteer community organiser. He is active in IWCE and, when working with disabled children and the adults in their lives, won a “Distinguished Contribution Award” in 2012.

What free internet knowledge resources would you recommend to others if they wish to explore your chosen theme further?

IWCE Website   http://iwceducation.co.uk/

What are your weblinks?

Website – http://iwceducation.co.uk/
Twitter – @KeithVenables48
Public Email –     [email protected]

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