Lifelong learning in Wyndham takes another step forward

By Our Reporter
Jennie Barrera, CEO of Wyndham Community and Education Centre. Photo: Damjan Janevski

Wyndham’s Learning Community Strategy 2018-2023 was endorsed by Council this week following consultation with the community and review of the submissions received.

The strategy has been informed by community engagement and consultation alongside an advisory committee comprised of local educational leaders including CEO of Wyndham Community and Education Centre, Jennie Barrera and Director of the Whittlesea Tech School, Dr Sandra McKechnie.

Wyndham City’s Learning City portfolio holder Cr Josh Gilligan said the Strategy outlines a strong commitment to ensuring the benefits of learning are available to all Wyndham residents and informs what we do to build Wyndham as a Learning Community.

“The strategy promotes a learning community culture, learning is fundamental to the future well-being, prosperity and sense of belonging for all our residents, regardless of background, life-stage or formal level of education,” Cr Gilligan said.

The strategy, he said, highlights the importance of adapting to the emerging challenges and opportunities as Wyndham’s population continues to grow and further diversify.

“It builds on the strong foundation that Council has established for lifelong learning in Wyndham, with our libraries and the array of programs and events they offer, our Community Learning Centres and our collaboration with learning organisations,” Cr Gilligan said.

Some of the key initiatives outlined in the five-year action plan include:

  • Positioning Wyndham’s annual Learning Festival as the City’s signature learning event
  • Strong advocacy from Council to ensure continuity of learning for our growing and diverse population through key advocacy campaigns such as I Love Kinder (15 funded hours) and Schools4Wyndham
  • Hosting an annual Education Roundtable to identify key strategic planning and resources issues impacting Wyndham’s learning sectors
  • In line with Wyndham’s Smart City agenda, active participation in, and contribution to UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities online

Thought leadership through twice yearly “WynTalks”

“I encourage residents who are interested in all things learning to check out this strategy,” Cr Gilligan said.

Copies of the Learning Community Strategy 2018-2023 are available at Wyndham Library branches and via the Council’s website.

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