Australian Catholic University (ACU) sponsors and hosts Clemente Australia, working in partnership with community, education, business and government organisations and individual volunteers.
Clemente Australia comprises ACU- supported Clemente programs and those delivered by other universities across Australia. Within ACU, Clemente is a shared endeavour, with academic and professional staff across campuses, directorates and faculties contributing to make Clemente work.
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.
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:
The approach to learning and teaching is respectful and open. It draws on and values the life experiences of students. University education becomes the tool and catalyst for hope, self-awareness, self-determination and social inclusion leading to new possibilities and life options.
Clemente Australia students have become more independent, have improved long-term wellbeing, and are socially and economically engaged in Australian society. (Yashin-Shaw, Howard & Butcher, 2005)