The holes are getting bigger in the safety net provided by the Community Sector

In July 2016 ComVoices surveyed over 280 community organisations in an effort to better understand the sector’s service delivery, resourcing and capacity issues. 

Major findings were:

Service delivery:  organisations are doing more with less while dealing with greater complexity

Submission to the Education and Science Select Committee

ACE continues to propose that a key goal of the schooling system is to support and nurture young people to become skilled and confident lifelong learners.

We note that submissions to date have strongly supported this, and we continue to propose this.  Our experience is that adults who have not acquired strong learning to learn skills, aren’t confident in education settings struggle to gain and develop their skills and knowledge to position themselves to meet their aspirations across their economic, family and community dimensions of their lives.

Decolonisation in Aotearoa: Education, research and practice

[This news item comes from the New Zealand for Education Research website,]

Decolonisation in Aotearoa: Education, research and practice examines decolonisation and Māori education in Aotearoa New Zealand in ways that seeks to challenge, unsettle and provoke for change.

Research in Whanganui

Whanganui Learning Centre Trust and Tupoho Whanau Trust have published their report on Participation, Retention and Progression of Māori Tertiary Learners in the Whanganui Region.

Support for this work was provided by Ako Aotearoa through its Regional Hub Project Funding scheme.

The report notes that participation, retention and progression of Māori learners in tertiary education are key concerns nationally.  In Whanganui learning outcomes for Māori locally have declined over the past five years, and remain below those of non-Māori.

RBA for Australian ACE

This year Adult Learning Australia (ALA) was provided with support from the Department of Education and Training, Canberra to explore the value and use of Results-Based Accountability (RBA) by Adult and Community Education (ACE) providers in relation to their non-formal learning programs.

The research was in response to the way that outcomes in post compulsory education are currently measured – either successfully completing a qualification and getting a job and/or going on to further study.