Life long Learning
Four of the members of LCNC met through home education and The Otherwise Club. LCNC's interest in life long learning and autonomous education is deeply rooted and it is from this well that the idea for the project has sprung.
Autonomous education is also known as 'interest driven' or 'self-directed' learning. These terms may be used for any type of education which doesn't use a fixed curriculum but is driven by the interest of the learner at any age.
For LCNC this is the style of education that will inform and drive the learning in our community centre, supporting people of all ages to learn, create and get involved in many different areas. In this way, the real work of education, self knowledge and self confidence are built.
Life long learning is the provision and use of both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout people's lives in order to foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment and personal fulfilment. Rather than education, learning is the active ingredient here, as it remains in the control of the learner her/himself.
The purpose and activity of our community centre will be driven by the needs of the local neighbourhood and other community groups. The centre, built from environmentally sustainable materials, will be a practical resource providing spaces for hire which can be used in a wide variety of ways by different groups. Ranging in size, these spaces can be used for large meetings/celebrations, classes, workshops, small study groups and much more. The community centre will also host the community cafe, lifelong learning projects, sustainable agriculture and the local mutual fund. The hall will be available at low cost in order to meet the needs of groups that could not normally afford a place to meet.
The layout and flexibility of our community centre will promote learning interaction, and the activities will reflect our core principles. LCNC will work to build a community and neighbourhood that has strong relationships at the centre.