Frontier College
Organization profile published 1978

Year Published:  1978  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX770

Abstract:  In 1899 Frontier College was established to respond to adult and community education needs on Canada's frontier.Today F.C. defines that frontier mainly in terms of rural poverty. They point out that poverty in Canada is concentrated in non- urban areas. For instance 11% of urban families fall below the low- income cutoff line but 41 of rural families are below this line .Thus as many as one hundred F.C. field workers initiate community education and development programs throughout Canada's northern and remote communities each year. Men and women are placed in communities which can make use of their skills and experiences- often in native communities, isolated workcamps and recently in corrections.Fieldworkers remain in these communities for a minimum of eight months (shorter placements in summer) to help promote the transfer of skills. There is no established curriculum. The program content is flexible because priorities are determined by local participants. Adult education, social animation, and community development frequently form the basis for these programs. A small package from F.C. has a number of leaflets which outline the various activities of the labourer- teacher, community education fieldworkers and the role of animation. Examples of current placementes and the application of these methods in various F.C. placements are given.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1978.
See also CX2460, CX1049.

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