Something happened in 1985 that made us dream a dream that changed our lives! To raise funds to buy and run our own residential Centre for others like us.
We put our own education on hold and followed our dream. We overcame many personal barriers and insecurities – we took many risks. We rejected the language and power relationships of formal education. We didn’t want to work as ‘tutors’ and ‘students’- we wanted to work alongside each other as equals. We attracted others who were also committed to sharing power both in our relationships and in our education. We took control - sometimes maybe too much control…
We had an amazing adventure and knew we were making history. From the outset we recorded everything we did.
Recently many of our physical records and work has ended up in a huge pile of cardboard boxes. We are currently gathering our oral history and sorting through these boxes - preserving anything we think might help or inspire others to take control of their own learning.
We want to share what we have learnt and ask questions that have yet to be answered. We have produced lots of resources which we hope you will use, share with others and improve on.
Let us tell you our story!