Flexible Learning Centres set to extend beyond Queensland
Six such Flexible Learning Centres across Queensland currently serve about 500 young people. The other facilities are at Noosa, Logan, Albert Park in Brisbane, Townsville, and the one in Deception Bay which opened in October 2009. Outreach programs enable the FLCs to extend their support to young people beyond these fixed locations.
Young people can become disenfranchised from mainstream education options for a variety of complex social, emotional, and educational reasons. FLCs strive to provide an education environment that is flexible, inclusive, caring, and responsive to the complex needs of the young people who attend. Each learning community is based on the ‘common ground’ principles of respect, participation, safety, law, and honesty (locally named ‘fair dinkum’). The environment is supportive of the cultural and social differences of the individual, and FLCs are committed to the uniqueness and dignity of each person. An atmosphere of acceptance enables the young people to regain control over their immediate to short-term future. The experience of FLCs is that the young people demonstrate great pride in the community that they create.
As EREA’s National Co-ordinator of Youth, Dale Murray will now bring his experience, clear vision, and sense of mission, to the benefit of other parts of Australia. FLCs represent another flowering of the educational concerns of Edmund Rice and his Christian Brothers – a gift to the youth of Australia and an inspiration to other such efforts at inclusion around the world.
Brother Bob Wallace – OCEANIA ERN NEWSLETTER May 2010
Brother Jim D’Arcy – OCEANIA ERN NEWSLETTER November 2009
NORTH WEST STAR 17 May 2010