Bush, Amy (3 of 5) National Life Story Collection: Fawcett Collection
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Education; Politics; Women's Movement
Bush, Amy 1905-2000 (speaker, female)
Grenier, Janet (speaker, female)
Part 3: While with ILEA also Chair Oak Hall and Wandsworth schools for maladjusted boys, Adult Education Institute - Wandsworth and Putney. When ILEA abolished A.B. wrong party, so out. No active interest in schools once retired. Saw biggest changes during last five years of ILEA. International work of more interest, especially literacy of women plus adult education in London. On Board of International Alliance. When President was Esther Graf (Head of Lever Bros. in Denmark), started seminar work for International Alliance. Some funding from UNESCO. First Education Seminar - l958, Greece. Theme - Women of East and West getting together to discuss literacy. When President from Sri Lanka started A.B. on adult literacy. Development of literacy for adult women. UNESCO supporting equal education for girls. Seminar in Caribbean on Literacy for Women. l972 - India. A.B. and Olive Bloomer (Treas. of Alliance) delegates and organisers. Money from UNESCO - all donated back to Alliance. Had previously been to Pakistan in l968 with Women's Institute. Theme then - Creating a Climate for Literacy Among Women. A.B. went out to do pre-organisation. Visited Nepal, Indonesia. Seminar in West Africa - French and English. Problem - lack of money for follow-up; enthusiasm died. German government would donate funds if in German interest. Trying to get roots into French-speaking countries. British government - never a penny; although most Alliance countries ex-Commonwealth. London office of Alliance closed. Had consisted of A.B. (unpaid), part-time secretary and volunteers. A.B. gave all spare time to Alliance. Husband died l962/3. Retirement - always things to work for. Interested in arts and crafts, church. Health problems last six years. Reading - historical novels, detective stories, if well written. Wouldn't leave London. Most satisfaction - international work. Once free from domestic concerns could devote time. Never minded trying new things. Friends of Fawcett Library - Through Mary Stott and Fawcett Society. Both members of University Women's Club. Most interesting decade for her - l960's when Mayor, retired from teaching, did educational work for Alliance. Women's movement today - optimistic? Doesn't really know enough about younger generation.
Life story interview with the late educationist, Amy Bush (1905-2000)