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GULL - Global University for Lifelong Learning (GULL)
The GULL Vision - Building Community Through Developing Leaders
GULL is a nonprofit public benefit corporation incorporated in California, USA. GULL is recognized by the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and endorsed by other Governments, Leaders & Institutions. GULL's aim is to equip everyone, particularly the disadvantaged and dislocated, to acquire practical knowledge and skills through lifelong learning. This approach to personal and professional development is designed to give access to practical education to people who would not normally be able to access formal education.
Lifelong Action Learning for Community Development: Learning and Development for a Better World - The Story of the Global University for Lifelong Learning
I was privileged to launch "Lifelong Action Learning for Community Development" with one of the co-authors, Richard Teare (Founder of GULL). The book develops the paradigm of Lifelong Action Learning and then discusses Richard's work in Jamaica, South Sudan, PNG, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Tanzania, East Timor, Cambodia and Logan, Brisbane.
I discuss the book and its launch in a blog post on my business website:
A more detailed review of the book is available here:
If you are If you are looking for a book that is at once inspiring and practical, visionary and grounded, conceptual and instructional, you have come to the right place.
The book can be purchased through these outlets:
Enabling YOU to make a difference in OUR world...
Richard Teare, President of Global University for Lifelong Learning
The GULL Vision - Richard Teare, President of GULL, explains the vision behind GULL
Here Richard Teare talks about the power of recognition to build the sense of self-worth and belief of community volunteers. He explains GULL's role in providing recognition.
The GULL Approach to Learning
The GULL approach is highly flexible and adaptable to conditions as diverse as the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the desolated environment of Haiti. GULL employs action learning to empower individuals, communities and organizations to sustain learning and apply the outcomes to create a better world. A particular focus is developing and recognizing the capacity of community workers to contribute to their community. A GULL award is recognition of real learning-in-context and contribution to a local community or workplace. These young people are working way outside their comfort zone to make a community contribution.
While the make-up of the various degree awards (bachelor, master and doctorate) varies with the situation, the key components are listed below and demonstrate that the learning is embedded in the role and context of the participant and measured in terms of personal, organizational and community outcomes.
- Personal Learning Statement - completed at the outset with the aid of a mentor and focuses on self-assessment, learning goals and desired outcomes (for self, community and organization).
- Daily Reflection Report - a diary that builds reflective practice and focuses on what went well and not so well (and why) and what the participant would do differently (and how)
- Outputs Report - focuses on primary learning outcomes (for self, organization & community), community outcomes and recommendations for further action.
- External Review Interview/Presentation - the focus here is on explanation, validation and assessment of the quality of the in-context learning and community outcomes.
- Action Learning Set - providing supportive challenge and engagement in a learning group focused on asking fresh questions, exploring assumptions and collaboratively identifying /overcoming learning barriers.
Haiti Earthquake Destruction Downtown
GULL, World Vision and HOPE for HAITI - Vision-GULL: Collaboration between GULL, World Vision and UNICEF
The Global University for Lifelong Learning (GULL) and World Vision International (WVI) have launched an education program in Haiti. This is the first time GULL has offered their education programs in a post-disaster setting. The Vision-GULL Program will give Haitians the opportunity to complete a professional degree (at a bachelor, master or doctorate level) through a unique community education approach built on action learning and measurable personal and community outcomes.
The GULL program in Haiti brings together GULL's unique approach to personal and community capacity building with World Vision's initiative titled. "Early Childhood Development Learning Space". The following characteristics of this FREE Program highlight its cascading effects for the Haitian community.
- The primary outcome focus is on providing relevant learning for young (often traumatized) children (under 8 years of age) who live in the dense, tent camps without access to education because of the destruction of their schools and/or lack of money.
- 500 volunteer educators (aged 17-25) are working as pre-school teachers for the children. They are unable to access high school or university because of the earthquake destruction. The educators will able to achieve a Bachelor of Professional Studies (Community Education) through GULL by engagement in, and reflection on, their work with the children.
- World Vision staff in Haiti who will act as coaches and mentors for the volunteer educators will be able to enter a pathway to a Master of Professional Studies (Community Education) degree. The GULL action learning approach will be supplemented by training inputs from World Vision. The WVI staff will be awarded their degree on the basis of proof of the outcomes they achieve for the volunteer educators and documentation of their personal learning and growth in professional skills.
Tent Camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Vision - GULL for Haiti
This initiative will help Haiti's next generation find a future for themselves in this country.
Noach Ochola, World Vision's Senior Advisor for Children in Emergencies
Haiti Recovery - from the Gift of Gifts
GULL Endorsements from World Leaders
The Global University for Lifelong Learning (GULL) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation, registered in California, USA on 18 July 2007. GULL is recognized in perpetuity by the State and Government of Papua New Guinea & endorsed by other Governments, Leaders & Institutions.
GULL seeks government endorsement wherever it supports lifelong learning. In this way, GULL's global recognition is localized to provide regional and national identity in the form of letters of support from government ministers, deputy ministers and other agencies. The endorsement formats include: official letters, videographs, speeches and testimonials and items from journals, magazines and newspapers.
Endorsements from the Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Minister of Human Resources, Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports, State Minister of Industrial Development, National SME Council (NASMEC) & Sar
Sir Howard Cooke, the former Governor General of Jamaica (1991-2006) in a video interview with Richard Teare, commented, I am intrigued with what you are doing...a process like this should be supported...We should be learning and getting new ideas...
- Papua New Guines
Paul Tiensten, Minister for National Planning & District Development, Papua New Guinea, wrote: Our sole supplier for what will be a major, sustained initiative is GULL, recently established with the full support and recognition of the Government
- Sri Lanka
Minister of Education, Sri Lanka, wrote: am delighted that the South Asian Academy for Good Governance (SAAGG) has affiliated with the Global University for Lifelong Learning (GULL) and that they will work together throughout Sri Lanka. It is a signi
GULL University - Insight into GULL and action learning
The Concept of GULL,
GULL in the Community,
GULL in the Workplace,
China Launch 28/12/2012,
The Grassroots University of Life
GULL and Practical Professionalism
Recognition and certification for those creating change in the community
GULL develops practical professionalism by recognizing and certifying the effort and outcomes of people in the local community who are creating change for a better world. In discussing practical professionalism, Dr. Sarone Ole Sena had this to say about GULL's approach in Africa:
"professionalism is a process that is developed ‘by doing’ reflecting and refining over many years".
This statement resonates with Donald Schon's classic work, "The Reflective Practitioner", where he discusses the true nature of professionalism.
GULL's approach to developing practical professionalism may relate to community facilitation, farming, education or any of the other change-related activities in the community.
In Kenya, GULL through its holistic action learning approach has been developing the confidence and commitment of community facilitators. In this endeavor, they have worked closely with World Vision International, Tearfund, Compassion International.and other organisations.
Gull's broad-based education approach enables people to learn through living and growing as individuals in the context of creating positive change for their communities. It brings education to the people, not people to education.
Richard Teare on the virtual university, organizational learning and the hospitality industry. Also, "The Life and Times of Sir Howard Cooke".
GULL - A Samoan Perspective
I think that GULL is going to give people hope, a greater sense of their worth and in so doing, help
restore or boost their human dignity. Nobody wants to be 'Nobody' - everyone wants to be 'Somebody'...
In so doing, it will assist many people to realize the potential that they have within them to help themselves, their families and the wider community...and create hope for the future.
Faimalotoa (John) Pale, Samoan Chief, Community Leader and President, 'Voice of the Samoan People' Qld
MIRIAM MAKEBA & NINA SIMONE - Thulasizwe / I Shall Be Released
GULL - Resource Links
- World Vision and the Global University for Lifelong Learning launch first-of-its-kind education prog
World Vision and the Global University for Lifelong Learning (GULL) have launched a first-of-its-kind education program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. GULL provides Haitians with opportunities to pursue their bachelor's, master's and even doctoral degrees
GULL is a Tribe
...a group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader and an idea.
Seth Godin (Tribes)
The Most Important Thing
Great leaders create movements by empowering others They establish the foundation for people to make connections...
There are three things needed for a tribe:
- a leader
- a shared interest
- a way to communicate
With Tribes flourishing everywhere, there's a vast shortage of leaders. We need YOU!
Source: Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need YOU to Lead Us