Australian Catholic University (ACU) sponsors and hosts Clemente Australia, working in partnership with community, education, business and government organisations and individual volunteers.
Clemente Australia is part of an international Clemente network based in the USA.
The Clemente Course in the Humanities organisation in the USA is the international base for Clemente, which has been introduced in Canada, Australia, South Korea, Mexico and Argentina.
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Aims and goals
Clemente aims to break the cycle of poverty, inequality and social injustice for people experiencing complex life challenges through access to university education. The achievement of studying Humanities subjects at a university level for a person who has been living on the edge of society can be truly transformative.
Clemente's goals are to:
- enhance participants’ self-confidence through rigorous learning, bringing about personal change
- promote a positive view of the future for those who have been marginalised from society, thus enabling them to re-engage with society
- make university education accessible to disadvantaged Australians
- use the potential of humanities education to change lives and promote social inclusion
- engage in genuine inter-sectoral collaboration for the benefit of disadvantaged Australians.
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