Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga

September 2–8, 2024
Adult learning can take place in many different spaces and at many different levels of the community. The Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga celebrates adult learning wherever it is happening. 

It's aims are to:

  • celebrate learner success
  • raise the profile of community education and its benefits
  • encourage learning and make it accessible to all

Our Big Idea for 2024 – My Learning Why!
Last year the Ōtautahi ACE Network ran a hugely successful event in which adult learners shared their learning why ie their motivation for learning. Learners were recorded sharing why they were learning and their contributions were posted on facebook, collated and presented in a short video. We would like to expand this idea and make telling our stories a focus for our festival. Our annual Conference with its theme Tuia te kōrero, Whiria te Tangata What is the Story, will explore the power of storytelling through amazing presenters, panels and workshops.  It will be a great place to get festival ideas.

Click here for the funding application form.

What You Can Do to Get Started

Funding for Festival Events in 2024
Funding applications for festival events are open. Funding is available to support events and activities which celebrate lifelong learning and learner achievements, and promote community learning programmes. Please note, funding cannot be used to run actual courses. Application close on June 28.

Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga 2024 events in your region will be added closer to the event.

Resources to download:

Information Guide

The Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga Regional Networks and Event Organisers Information Guide has been to designed to give you help in media planning, a style guide for publicity materials, event planning, the awards process, sponsorship and funding, reporting and documenting activities and a sample project plan.

Printable Certificates

Many ACE practitioners like to acknowledge the efforts of their students through local awards. Below are certificates which can be downloaded and presented to students. Organisations and communities are free to develop their own criteria for nomination and presentation of awards.

Commendation Award

Exceptional Adult Educator Award

Innovative Provider Award

Outstanding Adult Learner Award

Editable Certificates

Commendation Award

Exceptional Adult Educator Award

Innovative Provider Award

Outstanding Adult Learner Award

Digital Collateral

Download our digital content and posters for Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga 2024.

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Posters

 The posters are currently being refreshed.  

Media Release

A media release for the Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga will be available closer to the festival week.

History

The origins of the Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga can be traced back to the late 1980s when the American Association for the Advancement of Education (AAAE) initiated the idea of celebrating adult learning on a wider scale. Click here to find more.
 

Let's Get Learning Waiata
Let’s get learning
Let’s get learning
Kai ana i te mātauranga
Let’s get learning
Keep the fire burning
Kai ana i te mātauranga