How the people of Rochdale launched their own fightback against sexual abuse and poverty

The town has found a way to heal itself by turning adult education upside down

Luci, a place team worker, is sitting with a group of women round the big kitchen table at a Friday afternoon drop-in centre in the Lower Falinge estate in Rochdale. “What is adult education exactly?” she asks. “You picture people in classrooms, in rows. That’s not what we do here.”

She is talking about the Citizens’ Curriculum, a local project that has been highly successful in redressing the deficit in adult education, an acknowledged national problem.

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