This month started with one of the educational programs of CWA for its members. Annually a Country of Study is selected for study. This tradition arose out from the war years when it was realised that many were largely ignorant of lifestyles in other countries. Country of Study for 2019 is Papua New Guinea, the seminar was held in Dubbo and attended by about 200 members. Information was gained on all aspects of life in the country, such as political, cultural, health, education and role of women. Nine members of PNG Women’s Association in national dress, attended the full seminar, and they interspersed sessions with song and dance.

CWA has been a pioneer in promoting adult education.  Branches established libraries and these were later taken over by shire councils. In 1948 the CWA had more than 60 libraries in rural towns. CWA branches were encouraged to use the University Extension Service kits from late 1950s - Speakers, Artists and Readers kits being the most popular. Through its wide interests, CWA continues to broaden the educational experiences for members of their communities.

The Agriculture and Environment areas for study this year are: The Koala, The Kurrajong tree, Carp, and the Primary Product; Australian Honey. Within the branches, the specific office-bearers for the various portfolios inform members of local opportunities and local issues, pertaining to these. Also, not only can women learn more about specific crafts and cooking, they can work through levels of training to become judges in these areas.

Pat Hughes    Wollondilly Group Publicity officer (Highlands)