Oasis believes that the right to education is, like all other human rights, universal and applies to everyone, irrespective of age. According to international law, the aims of education include the ‘full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity’ and to ‘enable all persons to participate effectively in a free society’.
We recognise that adults may engage in educational opportunities for a variety of reasons. Our aim is to support all those who engage in our hubs in the best way we can by providing formal and informal learning opportunities which develop and enrich their capabilities for living and working.
Spotlight on...Oasis Hub: Hobmoor
Oasis Hub Hobmoor runs an inclusive community centre in Yardley, Birmingham that empowers local people, equips them with skills and gives them opportunities to participate in Hub activities to grow their confidence and self-esteem. The adult education programme is open to everyone but it mainly serves women, many who are of Asian Pakistani Heritage who find it difficult to access Adult Education elsewhere in the city.
During 2017/18 the Hub ran a range of adult education courses with 40 people participating in ESOL through ‘English my way’, and 100 people participating in functional skills courses in English and Maths. 22 people completed a Teaching Assistant Course Level 2 with work experience in the local Oasis Academy, 11 have gone onto a Level 3 Course and 4 have gone onto a Foundation Degree.
In April 2017, the Hub opened a Job Club taking referrals from the DWP. This highlighted that as well as the need for courses in ESOL, maths and English there was a great need for courses in practical IT skills. The Job Club now offers free use of computers for job searching, CV writing and interview practise and supports the development of participants IT skills in the basic use of the internet, internet safety and applying for jobs on line.
In addition, the Hub offers a wide range of short courses including crafts, sewing, yoga, and makeup, all of which give individuals the opportunity to learn new skills. Importantly the short courses help people to build friendship networks and results in reducing isolation, increasing confidence and self-esteem.
We surveyed a sample of people we worked with across our Hubs and we found that :
- 88.4% survey participants strongly agreed/agreed that they had gained new skills and knowledge.
- 85.5% had new friends who were having a positive impact on their lives.