Day two of our Centenary Conference will shine the spotlight on just some of the incredible co-operative education that's taking place right across the globe.

We've assembled a stellar line-up of speakers including Dame Pauline Green, former President of the ICA, and Ruth Ibegbuna, Founder and Director of the Roots Programme and recently named in the top 25 most influential charity leaders, as we look to examine what solutions co-operative education can provide to the challenges facing today's society.

Co-operative Education Across the World

08:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:00 AroundtheWorld.coop Film Screenings

10:00 Welcome - Simon Parkinson, Chief Executive and Principal, The Co-operative College | Councillor Allen Brett, Leader, Rochdale Borough Council

10:15 Keynote Five: Bruno Roelants, Director General, International Co-operative Alliance

10:35 Keynote Six: Marc Nöel, International Development Director, International Co-operative Alliance/Co-operatives Europe

10:50 Plenary: Co-operative Education Around the World

Panel: Ed Mayo - Secretary General, Co-operatives UK (Chair) | Dr Cilla Ross - Vice Principal, The Co-operative College | Dr Sonja Novkovic - Professor, Sobey Business School - Saint Mary's University (Canada) | Professor Esther Gicheru - Principal, Co-op University of Kenya| Mr Noel D Raboy - President and CEO, Climbs - Life & General Insurance Co-operative, Philippines|Professor Mohamed M Maie - Ceo/Founder Malaq Maye Co-operative Technical Training Institute, Somalia

This session will explore how co-operative education is delivered in four areas of the world: the UK; the Philippines, Canada and Kenya. What needs are these educational examples meeting in each of these regions (or for co-operators internationally) and how do they deliver their courses and programmes?  What impact is their work having and what opportunities and challenges do the speakers see in the future for their co-operative education practice?

12:15 Keynote Seven: Dame Pauline Green

Dame Pauline will speak about the sustainable development goals and their links to co-operatives from her personal perspective encompassing her time as President of the ICA and General Secretary of Co-operatives UK.

12:30 Lunch + Aroundtheworld.coop Film Screening


13:25 Workshops

Your chance to choose one of the workshops outlined below.

Workshop Six: Co-operatives for Peace Building 1 (Mully Dor - Chair, Ajeec NISPED | Dr Sarah Alldred, Co-operative CollegeDr Amanda Benson, Co-operative College | Andrea Wilkinson | | Jeffrey Moxonm)

This workshop will explore the role that co-operatives play in peace-building around the world. Co-hosted by Mully Dor the founder of Ajeec Nisped, the Arab-Jewish Center for Empowerment, Equality, and Cooperation, alongside Dr Amanda Benson and Dr Sarah Alldred from the Co-operative College, it will highlight case studies from our recently published joint research with the Co-operatives Europe Development Platform called 'Co-operatives and Peace: Strengthening Democracy, Participation and Trust.

Workshop Seven: Co-operatives for Peace Building 2 ( Iain MacDonald, Chair|Aimee Marie Ange Tumukunde, MINICOM, Rwanda)

We know that globally, 1.5 bn people live in countries affected by violence and conflict. Cooperatives as people centred enterprises are playing an active role in promoting peace and mutual understanding. Cooperative enterprises as promoters of democracy can also contribute to building a peaceful democratic civil society.

Cooperatives in different parts of the world have effectively contributed to peace building. In this session we will learn from these experiences, in the hope that they will contribute to a future of peace and development.

Workshop Eight: Introducing a Co-operative University (Polly Wilding, The Co-operative College)

Join us in this session to get an overview of the ambitions of the Co-operative University project, and get involved in some collective thinking and learning. You'll explore what it is, how a future Co-operative University might work and most importantly, how it will differ from other more traditional forms of education.

Workshop Nine: Rochdale Citizens and Adult Education (Rochdale Citizens, Rochdale | Helen Chicot, Rochdale Borough Council | David Broome, Rochdale Borough Council)

This workshop will cover the co-operative relationships built and maintained in the communities of Rochdale borough through adult learning and participatory research

Workshop 10: Tour of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum (starts at 12:50pm)

Visit the birthplace of modern co-operation in the UK. Number 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale is synonymous with the co-operative movement across the globe. The museum will be hosting tours of the museum through-out the College’s Centenary Conference so you can see where it all began.

Workshop 11: Podcasting for the Digital Age - How to Get Going (Mel Harris, Sparklab Productions)

Join Mel Harris from Sparklab Productions and explore how podcasts have grown into a worldwide phenomenon. There's a role for podcasting in every sector, and Mel will detail what you need to get started.


14:30 Refreshments

14:50 Plenary Commission for Adult Education 100: Reporting Findings, Identifying Actions

Panel: Nigel Todd - Chair of Trustees, The Co-operative College | Dr Cilla Ross - Vice Principal, The Co-operative College |Jo Cain, Director of Education/ and Deputy CEO, WEA | Dr Sharon Clancy - Adult Ed Steering Group Member | Professor John Holford - Adult Ed Steering Group Member

100 years ago in November 1919, the Ministry of Reconstruction’s Final Report on Adult Education was published. The report set the groundwork for adult education in Britain for the rest of the 20th century – with the acknowledgement on page 237 that ‘it has recently been decided to establish a Co-operative College’. So important was co-operative education at that time that the Report further noted: ‘The co-operative movement is the one working class body which continuously and persistently stood for a humane education as an essential element in the social aims of democracy’. 

A new 2019 Commission has, like that of 1919, produced a Report with the same concern, to “Consider the provision for, and possibilities of, Adult Education (other than technical or vocational) in Great Britain, and to make recommendations.”  We conclude that adult education continues to be “A Permanent National Necessity....”   and this session presents the Report’s recommendations to the College’s Conference.

In addition to a Q&A session with representatives from the Steering Group partners - the Co-operative College, the Raymond Williams Foundation, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford and the Workers’ Educational Association, conference participants will be asked to consider how we can best put findings and recommendations into practice through an interactive workshop.

16:40 Keynote Eight: Ruth Ibegbuna, Founder & Director, Roots Programme

17:00 Closing Remarks - Simon Parkinson, Chief Executive and Principal, The Co-operative College

19:00 Reception with Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale Borough Council

19:30 Gala Dinner, Awards and Entertainment


Like the look of day two? Then take a look at day one and three too!

There are also still a limited number of £100 tickets remaining which give access to all three days of our Centenary Conference plus our Gala Dinner! See more information over in our ticketing area

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