What is Community Learning and Development?
In January 2004 the Scottish Executive published guidance for Community Planning Partnerships which set out a framework for the promotion and development of community learning and development (CLD). Within that document there is a definition of CLD which is widely accepted by all major stakeholders in Scotland:
"Community learning and development (CLD) is learning and social development work with individuals and groups in their communities using a range of formal and informal methods.
"A common defining feature is that programmes and activities are developed in dialogue with communities and participants…[CLD's] main aim is to help individuals and communities tackle real issues in their lives through community action and community-based learning."
From our committee members
"CLD as a process engages with people in communities around their issues and concerns and encourages both personal and community development."
"CLD treats people as the experts in their own lives and trusts them to come up with solutions to the issues they face."
"CLD is where I see a constant commitment to social justice."
What does it do?
Working and Learning Together (WALT) describes the activities of CLD in terms of supporting achievement for adults, young people and communities:
- Achievement through learning for adults
- Achievement through learning for young people
- Achievement through building community capacity