About the Goal
Quality education is a crucial element of the Sustainable Development Goals, as it improves the overall quality of life and is important in securing a successful future. Ensuring that quality education is accessible for is a major factor of achieving this goal as many people are left out of the mainstream system in Australia. Additionally, promoting lifelong learning will
Australia's adult literacy and numeracy rates pose a significant problem. Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) indicate that many Australians have literacy skills that are at a level that makes them vulnerable to unemployment and social exclusion.
“We need a national lifelong learning policy that includes an adult literacy strategy, in order to create a fairer and more equitable Australia"
Why it Matters
Young people who fail to finish high school face the prospect of long term poverty
1 in 3
1 in 3 Australians struggles to find and keep work because of low literacy
of young people from low socio economic backgrounds don't complete high school
What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing
Neighbourhood Houses and Centres are working with Learn Local and other partners to target those who have been left out of the education system. We attract unemployed adults looking to up-skill, early school leavers who were disenchanted by the mainstream education system, new migrants who are looking to build their language skills, older Australians who want to learn digital skills, and people with disabilities looking for a safe and positive environment.
By supporting people through education we are helping them find further education, employment, a sense of belonging and social connection. All of which is invaluable.
Maleny Flexi School, run by Maleny Neighbourhood House, exemplifies this, supporting over 30 students who engage in different aspects of vocational development training along with the basic subjects of English and Maths. The students of Maleny Flexi School feel they belong.
It is a place where they can complete their studies at their own pace and engage in activities that will assist them in vocational development.
For some students the smaller school community at Flexi is a lot less daunting than the larger high school community