Lessons to be learnt over a lifetime
The following is an excerpt from the St Vincent de Paul Society National President's Report.
When we stop learning we start dying. Learning is not just what happens at school or university or TAFE, even though these are very important places for learning.
Learning is something we can be doing no matter where we are or what we are doing. It is something we can be doing no matter who we are or what we are doing. It is something that all of us need to keep doing, no matter how old we are or experienced or how well educated.
Our first few years of life are like an explosion of learning. We are new in this world and the world is our classroom.
When people are excluded and forced to live in poverty, many of their opportunities for learning are closed off to them. This is not to say that people living in poverty are cut off from learning. In fact, it is one of our greatest weaknesses that we do not acknowledge, respect and listen to the learning of the oppressed!
The National Overview titled, 'Education is power' profiles services and Good Works carried out by Vinnies in Australia in 2013. The publication includes the life stories of the people Vinnies assists.