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ERIC Number: ED429794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Incidental Education (for Women) in Rural Communities.
Crosby, Valmai
The Country Women's Association (CWA) is a nationwide Australian group that started in the 1920s in response to isolated women's need to socialize. The group's activities have expanded greatly over time. It distributes essential food and clothing to needy rural families, and its extensive involvement in incidental education for women includes cultural pursuits such as drama, choirs, floral art, and handicrafts. CWA uses its network to disseminate craft training, teaching a woman from each district at a central school each year, who then teaches members in her own area. Outreach teams go to the Pacific Islands or Aboriginal lands, at the invitation of the women themselves, to expand women's abilities and horizons. The usual requests are for sewing, basic hygiene, and cooking skills. Members are trained in conducting formal meetings, parliamentary procedure, accounting and record keeping, leadership skills, reporting, and publicity and public speaking. CWA is active in state and national politics. The nonsectarian, nonpartisan nature of the group has helped it gain credibility, and its lobbying efforts have been quite successful, especially in areas of youth, health, infrastructure, and rural education. Each year the group studies a different country as an international project, encouraging members to expand their horizons. Community education is carried out through annual projects called state objectives. A subject, such as cystic fibrosis, is chosen from nominations around the state and becomes the fundraising focus for the year. CWA also administers a scholarship for young people who need financial assistance in continuing their education or for mature women who are retraining. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia