Title: Draft White Paper Released
Edmonton.....A draft White Paper outlining an Agenda For Change to Alberta's public adult learning system is now available for public review. The draft is the next stage in the Adult Learning: Access Through Innovation initiative announced by Jack Ady last Fall.
"Everyone who expressed an interest in our public consultation process last year will receive a copy of the draft White Paper in the mail," Mr. Ady stated. "The paper proposes a bold, new vision for the renewal of the province's adult learning system to the year 2005. The mission, goals and strategies in this draft White Paper are consistent with the outcomes of the first round of public consultations and the budget roundtable that were held last year and the business plan that we announced last month." Ady then added, "We are getting closer to defining a new future for adult learning and I am looking forward to the debate during the round two of our public consultation."
Each copy of the draft paper will contain a questionnaire response from so that every interested Albertan can provide input. In addition, a second round of consultation will be held with more than 300 stakeholders including both those who deliver education and training services and those who receive them. Two meetings will be held with approximately 150 people attending each one: May 2-3, 1994, at the Edmonton Inn in Edmonton and May 5-6, 1994, at the Sandman Inn in Calgary.
The draft White Paper sets four goals for the future of adult learning in Alberta: to foster individual responsibility in a learner-centered system, to ensure responsiveness and accountability to learners and taxpayers, to enable Albertans to participate in a changing economy and work force, and to promote access to affordable, quality learning opportunities. The paper then goes on to suggest 24 strategies to reach those goals.
The deadline for receipt of written responses is May 111, 1994. Copies of the draft White Paper can be obtained by calling 1-800-463-4597. In Edmonton call 420-1162. The deaf or hard of hearing should call (TTY-TDD) 1-800-855-1155. In Edmonton call 429-4900.