Archives for August 30th, 2001

LOTTERY MONEY GIVES ACCESS TO LIFELONG LEARNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 August, 2001

The New Opportunities Fund, which distributes National Lottery money to health, education and environmental projects, is providing some 480 million pounds to support lifelong learning. Schemes for training teachers and school librarians in information and communications technology are receiving 230 million pounds. The digitization programme, which is developing a range of electronic learning materials reflecting the cultural heritage and community wealth and diversity, is being funded with a 50 million pound grant. A further 200 million pounds has been allocated to Community Access to Lifelong Learning.Community Access includes the People’s Network programme, which over time will receive 100 million pounds and will link all public libraries in the UK to the Internet and the National Grid for Learning. The aim is to make technology available to local communities and transform local libraries into high-tech learning centers. The People’s Network is a comprehensive programme of public ICT provision co-ordinated by the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries. Half of the 200 library authorities have already received funding approval.

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HOLIDAY ACTIVITY SCHEMES CUT YOUTH CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 August, 2001

Crime rates in deprived areas have been reduced dramatically by activity schemes run by the Youth Justice Board. The schemes give 13-17 year olds on deprived estates constructive activities to keep them out of trouble over the holidays. In the estates that ran schemes in Summer 2000 some 20,000 young people were kept off the streets and there was a 36% reduction in domestic burglary and an 18% reduction in ‘youth crime’ in the area.This Summer 150 schemes are running in some of the most deprived estates in England and Wales. The activities combine educational and life classes, such as drug awareness and sex education, with video making, drama, team sports and DJ classes. Innovative examples this summer include a youth written drama production at the Edinburgh festival from a Gateshead project, a trip by Cardiff youngsters to work at an orphanage in Belarus and fire fighting experience at a project in Birmingham.The schemes have won the support of Police and local residents who acknowledge the benefit of keeping youngsters off the streets. Local communities are significantly involved with around 35,000 volunteer hours recorded over Summer 2000. The cost to the tax-payer is less than 3 pounds for each hour of activity for one young person.

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POLICE PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 August, 2001

Paul M. CollierThe management of police performance through cash-limited budgets, performance indicators and crime statistics is the result of a control systems paradigm. This article uses examples of police practice to raise the possibility that this performance culture may be in tension with human rights legislation. The article suggests a shift to a values-based learning paradigm and the need for greater balance between the rationality of a control paradigm and the subjectivity of values.

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