One of the key functions of the Association of Nova Scotia Community Learning Organizations is to provide a forum for learning organizations in the province to share information with one another about what is working in their programs.
On April 12, 2011 ANSCLO engaged representatives from 29 community learning organizations in a process of sharing best practice in areas of governance, community development, family literacy, seniors’ literacy, working with those who are working, developing and maintaining partnerships, fund development, promotion, and recruitment. The symposium was open to coordinators of community-based adult literacy organizations and ANSCLO members under the umbrella of Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL).
The ‘sharing day’ was organized, at least in part, as a response to a recent national research project on accountability which stressed the importance of connecting literacy organizations with similar interests to ‘enhance performance and effectiveness’ [Connecting the Dots: Accountability and Adult Literacy, Linkage Report, Oct. 21, 2009].
While one of the strengths of the community-based adult learning network system that exists in Nova Scotia is its diversity, isolation from one another has made it difficult to share the things that are working in individual regions. Whether our communities are rural or urban, there is much to be learned by getting together and sharing from one another.