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Schumacher Contributes to the Joint UK Ministerial and Third Sector Task Force

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK), have recently released a report, Shaping our future: the joint ministerial and third sector Task Force on climate change, the environment and sustainable development. The report makes positive references to Schumacher College and our submission to the Task Force.

Two of the Task Group’s recommendation specifically acknowledge the influence of Schumacher College:

There is a strong need to examine other ways in which funding programmes could help to mainstream climate change in the third sector, and to deliver on the missions of funders and charitable organisations whose core objectives will be affected by climate change. This was a key finding of a Schumacher college study on learning support for the third sector in dealing with the climate change and sustainability agendas. (p35)

Skills Third Sector [a new sector-led independent charity] will also work with the other skills councils to identify what relevant climate change skills units already exist and how they could be better used in combination to drive climate change skills forward. They will also jointly look at what gaps exist and where there are opportunities for inserting climate change units into existing skills programmes. The need for this was another key finding of the Schumacher college study on learning support for the third sector in dealing with climate change. (p103)

Charlie McConnell, Schumacher College Director: We welcome this report, the recognition of the need for a major push on the skills agenda and support for our recommendations. We will be contributing strongly to this area of work in the next few years. Next year we plan to launch a range of new programmes to support environmental and social change activists and around practical green skills, including courses on new economics, education for sustainability, sustainable food and farming, renewal energy and Eco-(re)design together with the development of an E-Learning platform. These programmes, along with our extensive short-courses will be highly relevant to the third sector in the UK and international ngos.


Relevant links

Ecological Facilitation: A gritty and creative approach to leadership
Short Course | April 6-10, 2010

Mobilising Democracy to Tackle Climate Change
International Leadership Seminar | April 19 – 20, 2010

Leadership in Times of Chaos: Exploring Old and New Wisdom
Short Course | May 10 – 14, 2010

A full copy of the report Shaping our future can be downloaded from the DEFRA website.

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