There is significant under representation of men in Scottish post-compulsory education and this pattern is replicated internationally. The Engaging Men project involves rural learning centres in some of the most remote communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Centres use their local knowledge to develop projects that suit the needs of men in their own communities. They are encouraged to be innovative and creative and programmes have included canoe building, golf, introductory IT classes, whisky tasting, and building craft practices. All link with progression routes into further study. Other centres have strengthened links with business organisations in their area, targeting specific industrial sectors and holding information sessions or open days. Many decided to take the learning to men in imaginative, proactive ways rather than wait for the men to come to their centres. A great deal has been achieved during this project and some inspiring case studies have emerged. This paper presents some of the findings from the project, describes the national context and presents an emergent model on the barriers to men’s participation in post-compulsory education.
|Keywords:||Men, Scotland, Rural Learning, Community Learning, Highlands and Islands, Learning Centres, UHI, North Forum|
Head of Lifelong Learning, Executive Office, UHI Millennium Institute, Inverness, Highland, UK
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