The WEA Vision: "A better world - equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society"

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." W.B. Yeats

This module has been developed in order to support the delivery of the WEA vision, mission and values. The WEA has recently been through a process to review and refresh these. This process has highlighted the importance of 'education for social purpose' to the WEA. In doing so, it has been recognised that there needs to be a shared understanding across the WEA of:

  • What is meant by the term 'education for social purpose'
  • What this involves in practice

Delivery of this module takes into account different levels of familiarity with the term 'education for social purpose' and the fact that this may seem more relevant to some subject areas than others.

This module is intended for use primarily with WEA tutors - current and future. It is also relevant to WEA staff and volunteers.

Course Aims:

  • To embed education with a social purpose across WEA provision
  • To encourage critical thinking about teaching and learning in the WEA


Please view the video and read the following documents in preparation for working through this module:

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Please work through this module section by section
This module will take approximately three-six hours to complete



Section 1: What Education for Social Purpose Means

Section 2: Why Education for Social Purpose Matters to the WEA

Section 3: Delivering Education for Social Purpose - How we Learn

Section 4: Delivering Education for Social Purpose - What we Learn

Section 5: Paulo Freire and his Legacy

Section 6: My Contribution to Social Purpose Education


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'To the extent that we are all educated and informed, we will be more equipped to deal with the gut issues that tend to divide us' - Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg