Adult Learners' Week - He Tangata Mātauranga 2016 September 5-11
Monday 5 September - Sunday 11 September 2016
About Adult Learners' Week
What is Adult Learners' Week?
Adult Learners' Week/He Tangata Mātauranga is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) initiative supported by the Tertiary Education Commission, adult and community education providers at a local level and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The Week also incorporates International Literacy Day on September 8 each year.
It was established in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1998 with the goal of raising the profile of adult learning. It is an opportunity to celebrate the successes and achievements of everyone participating in Adult and Community Education (ACE). It has also become a vehicle for encouraging anyone in the wider community with needs or desires that can be met through learning to consider adult education, whether it be learning to adjust to life in a new country, re-training to find employment, adjusting to life after prison, acquiring parenting skills or just getting out and doing an activity to make life better and meet people.
In Aotearoa New Zealand there are thousands of opportunities to take part in adult learning which doesn't necessarily take place in classrooms, require enrolment, assignments or assessments. Each year around half a million adult New Zealanders participate in learning programmes.
Throughout the week which in 2016 will run from September 5 -11, over thirty regional coordinators will be organising programmes of events in their communities to celebrate adult learning and highlight its benefits.
Adult learning can take place at many different places and levels of the community. Adult Learners' Week/He Tangata Mātauranga recognises that from teaching English to an immigrant in a private home, attending a programme at the local library, or being part of a community support group, through to attending a private training organisation or earning a university degree, all adult learning achievements are worth celebrating. Many stories are inspirational and in being told, encourage people who thought learning was not for them that there are endless possibilities.
Aims of Adult Learners' Week He Tangata Mātauranga are to:
- Celebrate the efforts, achievements and contributions of adult learners, educators and providers at both regional and national events
- Strengthen adult and community education and raise public awareness of the rich variety of learning opportunities for adults
- Widen access to learning opportunities and encourage more people to seek advice and guidance about returning to learn
- Foster collaborative and cooperative networks and pathways among those who share an interest in adult learning
Did you also know that some 40 countries also celebrate Adult Learners' Week? To find out more about international activities, click on www.unesco.org/education/uie/InternationalALW
When governments met in Jomtien for the World Conference on Education for All in 1990, among the goals set were universal access to and completion of primary education, and reduction of the adult illiteracy rate to one half its 1990 level by 2000. Ten years later, governments met in Dakar, but the situation had not improved: 113 million children were said to have no access to primary education; and 880 million adults (the majority of them women), were illiterate. Read more . . .
The 2016 launch of Adult Learners' Week He Tangata Mātauranga will be held in Nelson.
Funding will again be available for events in 2016 but we will be encouraging event organisers to work together in their communities and regions. In remote and rural communities this might not always be possible so individual events will still be funded but in towns, cities and communities where there are a number of ACE providers, we will be asking people to work together on a range of events. We are hoping that a more collaborative approach will:
- build strong networks
- avoid duplication
- generate more publicity
- attract new learners
Funding will be allocated on the basis of the scope and strength of event idea(s), and preparedness to work together as a community or region. Grants of between $300 and $500 will be available for small events while larger grants could be allocated to one community or region working together on a significant event or range of events.The last date for funding applications is May 29. Applications will be processed by June 8.
Local Awards 2016
ALW/HTM offers you, the ACE provider, with an opportunity to celebrate the work that you do all year. In this way you can acknowledge your learners, promote what you do, and become more visible in your community. You will also have the chance to learn more about the ACE activities of other organisations.
You do not need to be funded as an ACE provider to participate. Any organisation that offers any form of adult learning can take part in the Week. The more providers that take part - the better. It will help raise the profile of the sector.
Types of activities
Basically, ALW/HTM activities can be anything that offers members of the local community an opportunity to find out what you do and where you are.
The simplest thing that an organisation can do is to do what they do every other week of the year, but from September 2-8 label these activities as Adult Learners' Week/He Tangata Mātauranga events and invite members of the community to observe or take part.
But you can also do something different for ALW/HTM because this will make it easier for your organisation to draw attention to itself. You could hold an open day, set up a display in a shopping centre, host a learning expo, present demonstrations or performances, hold a party...
Here are some examples of activities offered by organisations during previous Adult Learners' Weeks:
This 2016 initiative is an extension of an event run in the Wairarapa over recent years in which people in small Wairarapa towns were asked what they would like to learn, their response was videoed and the video was placed on facebook. The initiative will involve the filming of short You Tube videos with a wide range of adults in different communities and from different backgrounds, cultures and demographics responding to the question: What would you like to learn?
The purpose of the initiative is:
• To broaden the scope of the ALW/HTM celebration beyond priority groups eg those needing literacy, numeracy, language support, second chance learners
• To emphasise the notion that we all have learning needs and desires
• To promote the idea that learning is lifelong, fun and for everyone
• To normalize the notion of adult learning and remind people that they are often learning incidentally every day
You are encouraged to participate in Learning Nation in your community and post your video on your facebook page or send us your your video for the ACE Aotearoa page.
Promotional Material / Logo
Click on the posters below to download a copy.
Click one of the links below to download a high resolution version of the Adult Learners' Week/He Tangata Mātauranga logo:
Please provide feedback about these to ALW/HTM Coordinator, Mary Gavigan - firstname.lastname@example.org
We now have posters you can print off with a white space to write the details of your event on. New posters available soon.
Management & Coordination
National Coordination for ALW/HTM is managed by ACE Aotearoa with funding from the Tertiary Education Commission.
National Advisory Committee
Members of the National Advisory Group are: Wendel Richardson, Sonny Harrison, Matt Walters, Ailsa Carey, Andrea Cameron and Vicki Soanes.
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