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Innovative Education Program for women affected by domestic violence wins State Award


An education program for women affected by domestic violence has been named Adult Learning Program of the Year.

The Pathways to Education pilot program, the first of its kind in South Australia, received the award last night at the 2016 Adult Learners’ Week Awards.

It was recognised for its outstanding contribution to adult learning, often in the face of adversity.

The pilot program included 10 women in metropolitan Adelaide and seven women on the Limestone Coast, to provide them with study skills and encourage further education.

The women studied in a flexible, safe and confidential learning environment, led by a TAFE SA lecturer and with a domestic violence caseworker available for additional support.

All 17 women recently graduated from the program with many now enrolled in further education, including two women exploring pathways to university education.

The graduates said the program has improved their communication, time management, reading and writing skills, and given them a better understanding of their finances.

The program was designed to help women affected by domestic and family violence achieve both learning and personal development goals.

The Pathways to Education program was funded by the Office for Women and delivered through a collaboration between the Central and Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Services and TAFE SA Women’s Education.

Quotes attributable to the Acting Director, Office for Women, Annie Francis

I am delighted that the Pathways to Education pilot program has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to adult education, and the positive impact it is has had on the lives of women affected by domestic violence

I congratulate all those involved in the Pathways to Education pilot program on winning this important state award.

It is wonderful to see the participating women not only reach education goals, but also improve their confidence, self-esteem and self-expression.

The graduates have been empowered to take control of their own future, and can be excited by what they will achieve.

This program highlights the important flow-on benefits that improving women’s economic status has for women, their children, the economy and the community.

The South Australian Government has committed to continuing to improve women’s economic status, most recently through its blueprint for women’s economic empowerment ‘Investing in Women’s Futures’.

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05 Jul 2018
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