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Issue #1667      December 3, 2014

Successful Party School

One of the things that distinguishes Communist Parties from social democrat and conservative parties is the importance placed on education, in particular the study of Marxist-Leninist theory and its application to the struggle for change. As Lenin said, “Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.”

There are many different ways in which party education can be carried out. These include classes, discussion groups, private study, online courses and mentoring. Communist Party Branches are required hold regular study classes and members are encouraged to read between classes.

This year the Central Committee resumed the holding of National Schools. The first was held in July and deemed by its students to be highly successful, with requests for more such schools.

The CPA held another successful National School at the Party’s headquarters over the weekend of November 22-23. It was aimed towards newer members and comrades seeking to revise and extend their knowledge. Tutors Anna Pha and Party General Secretary Bob Briton divided the sessions between the more theoretical and practical topics.

On Saturday, the themes were privatisation and superannuation in the morning and leaflet production in the afternoon. On Sunday, class struggle and the trade unions were covered in the morning followed by the basics of running a Party Branch.

Participation and group work were emphasised. Knowledge-sharing from the diverse group of comrades was a notable feature.

Feedback was very positive. Some mentioned feeling inspired to tackle projects using their newly-acquired knowledge. A problem discovered through practice is that the course objectives were a bit ambitious. Separate sessions on some aspects, such as superannuation, could be considered in future.

The success of the School builds on the experience of the National School held in July. We thank comrades for their feedback which will be used when planning future schools.

Two Schools are scheduled for 2015 – one on the weekend of May 16-17 and the other on September 12-13. Details for enrolment will be circulated to Branch Secretaries.

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