The Active Learning Centre is hosted by CR&DALL within the Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education Research Cluster in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. It has 20 years of experience of working in overseas development addressing issues of poverty reduction. The Centre speacialises in two main areas: gender and the rights of women and building capacity for civil society. The title ‘Active Learning’ denotes its commitment to experiential and life long learning and to the use of participative learning methodology.
The Active Learning Centre has had projects in many countries in Sub Saharan Africa but staff have also worked in Central Asia, Pakistan, China and countries of the Middle East and former Eastern Europe. Recent projects have included:
- Developing rights advice and information centres targeting poor and vulnerable people ( Malawi and Ethiopia)
- Designing and delivering training and education to promote women’s political participation focusing on Parliamentarians and local government representatives as well as women voters (Malawi, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq)
- Capacity building for civil society in Pakistan, Syria, Ethiopia and Romania
- Training and education for trade unionists, including work involving unions encompassing membership and rights for informal sector workers (Zambia, Tanzania)
The Active Learning Centre was also the course director for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Fellowship course on Government Relations with NGOs and Civil Society.
The skills sets which the Active Learning Centre can offer include:
- Needs assessment, design and delivery of adult education and training for a wide range of adults including civil society groups, parliamentary candidates, elected representatives and trade unionists
- Design and management of cascade training systems, training of trainers and design and writing of training manuals
- Project design and management
- Research design and delivery; monitoring and evaluation
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