Provider Information

Our 2020 Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga 2020 will again offer you an opportunity to celebrate the work that you do all year and acknowledge your learners. It is also a chance to promote what you do and become more visible in your community. It will be extra special as it will be the grand finale of our Year of Lifelong Learning celebration. During the festival week we will showcase some of the highlights of the year of celebratioin.

You do not need to be funded as an ACE provider to participate in our festival or run an event during the Year of Lifelong Learning. Any organisation that offers any form of adult learning can take part. The more providers that take part - the better. It will help raise the profile of the sector. Click below to download the ALW guide.

PDF icon Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga Organiser's Guide 2020

Types of activities

Festival of Learning Ahurei Ākonga activities can be anything that offers members of the local community the chance to find out what you do and where you are. The simplest thing that an organisation can do is what they do every other week of the year, but from September 7-13 promote these activities as Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga events and invite members of the community to take part.

The week is also an opportunity to do something different 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. Your events in 2020 may be restricted in numbers due to the COVID 19 virus. Check the Ministry of Health Guidelines to ensure you are meeting the requirements for large gatherings.

Here are some examples of activities offered by organisations during previous Festival of Learning:

  • hold open days to allow members of the local community to come and explore learning institutions in a friendly casual atmosphere
  • hold sausage sizzles and family picnic days as a way of letting people get to know the learning organisation in a friendly pressure-free way
  • hold learning fairs and expos with stalls representing the activities and achievements of learning
  • organise for learning providers to visit workplaces, community centres, galleries etc. to offer sample learning experiences
  • organise exhibitions of student works and achievements
  • charter a learning bus to take information about learning opportunities to remote areas
  • hold special days to target specific community groups, such as Seniors Online Day that invited older members of the community to take part in learning about computing
  • organise a walking tour of adult learning venues in a given area, encouraging participants to collect a stamp in a passport at each and then hand in the completed passport for a prize at the end (e.g. a cap or t-shirt)
  • organise a walking tour of adult learning venues in a given area, encouraging participants to collect a stamp in a passport at each and then hand in the completed passport for a prize at the end (e.g. a cap or t-shirt)
  • offer free sample classes as a way of letting people find out for themselves how fulfilling learning can be
  • conduct a competition, offering something from a learning institution as a prize
  • organise events to feature and celebrate past adult learning achievers
  • offer practical sessions on how to teach others
  • organise a public debate on a hot learning topic