ACE provides community-based educational opportunities for adults. These informal, non-assessed learning opportunities are characterised by programme diversity, flexibility and responsiveness to identified community learning needs and individual learners.
A wide-range of organisations provide community education, from schools to universities.
Like most tertiary education, community education courses are subsidised by the government although learners typically pay fees. The government’s priorities for the courses it subsidises are consistent with five national ACE priorities and identified community learning needs:
- Targeting learners whose initial learning was not successful
- Raising foundation skills
- Encouraging lifelong learning
- Strengthening communities by meeting identified community learning needs
- Strengthening social cohesion.
22 October 2009