The 2022 ACE Aotearoa Annual Report documents some of the highlights of the past year. Despite the fact that we were still very much in the midst of COVID and we experienced some extreme weather events, we still managed to achieve some excellent results.

We have shared a few highlights with you here, but feel free to read the full annual report here.

  • 111,300 learners participated in 10,260 ACE programmes across the country in 2022 compared to 62,2220 learners in 2021.
  • 180 ACE providers are now registered on our ACE map.
  • Digital learning, literacy and numeracy, te reo me ona tikanga, work and life skills, and interest-based courses continue to be in demand and providers have delivered quality services and ensured ongoing access across the motu.
  • Sector leaders have continued to provide regular insights, strong leadership and have contributed to policy decision making. This aspect was particularly appreciated when it came to submissions to the Ministry of Education regarding consultation on the ACE tertiary funding determination.
  • In 2022 we increased the number and variety of professional development offerings and while there was ongoing disruption that saw the cancellation of the annual Māori and Pacific professional development Hui Fono, we presented alternative regional workshops. These regional workshops, along with te reo me ona tikanga learning, were an opportunity to share insights on weaving Māori and Pacific teaching and learning practices.
  • The SeniorNet collective completed the ACE Quality Assurance framework (applying and providing useful feedback), and Hagley Adult Literacy Centre piloted the use of the ACE Learner Pathways, which have been firmly embedded in their practices.
  • In our coordination role, we focused on supporting geographic locations where access to ACE has been limited or non-existent. Communities in Hawke’s Bay and Takaka have actively grown tailored ACE programmes that are meeting the needs of their learners.
  • 2022 saw the retirement of a number of our long serving members and leaders, some of whom have devoted 30+ years to our sector. In particular, we acknowledge Linda Melrose from Onehunga High School Community Education and Bronwyn Yates from Literacy Aotearoa. We also acknowledge the passing of our colleague Serenah Nicholson at the end of the year. The legacies of these individuals paved the way for the next generation of leaders in ACE.
  • We allocated $206,483 though the Professional Development Grant which provides funding directly to providers to enable specific and targeted upskilling of educators and to foster collaboration. In 2022 the funding requested was 3.5 times more than the total fund that can be allocated. This shows that ACE providers are serious about the professional development needs of their educators.