World population aging at unprecedented rates

In its latest report, TrendSights Analysis: Aging Populations, GlobalData (a recognized leader in providing business information and analytics) confirms that the world’s population is aging at unprecedented rates. The number of people over 60 years of age will increase by 56%, from 900 million in 2015 to over 1.4 billion by 2030.

An evidence-informed approach to support professional development and raise standards seminar

Dr John Bamber Project Specialist - Centre for Effective Services (Dublin, Ireland)

Monday 02 October 12.00pm -1.30pm Executive Seminar Suite – Massey Wellington Campus *

Julene Duerksen-Kapao: I believe every young person should have a meaningful learning pathway.

Julene Duerksen-Kapao

Te Aroha Noa in Palmerston North has partnered with the Vodafone Foundation and produced this video of Julene Duerksen-Kapao’s inspired work with rangatahi – helping them onto meaningful learning pathways.

The video is part of Vodaphone’s “I believe” series which features some of the World of Difference recipients.

You can see the video at:

Videos of good practice of education indicators created by ERO

The New Zealand Education Review Office (ERO) has created videos to support their indicators which support improved student outcomes. These videos are a good start when looking at your own practice.

See each indicator of the evaluation outcome domains for a series of videos exploring what we know works in achieving equity and excellence in learner outcomes.

Domain 4, 5 and 6 are relevant to the ACE sectors own Teaching Standards.

Click here to see the resource videos.

Leah Olsen and the Porirua Whānau Centre

Leah Olsen

Leah was raised by a solo mother in an environment surrounded by drugs, alcohol, gangs and abuse. She dropped out of school at 14 and when she was 15 her mother died. She hit rock bottom. She was, she said, “in the wrong crowds, doing the wrong stuff, and making the wrong decisions.”

Majed Burhan and English Language Partners

Majed Burhan

Majed is from Syria, where she was a mother and studied Arabic literature. She has been in New Zealand for one and a half years. She came here as a refugee with her family, fleeing a war zone: “I never thought I would have to leave Syria, she said, “but suddenly I faced building a new life in a different country and leaving everything familiar behind.

Rakky Alexander and ĀKAU

Rakky Alexander

Rakky dropped out of school when she was 15. She was, she said, disruptive, often missed classes and had no goals. It was her mother who saw a poster about ĀKAU (an architecture studio and youth program where young people get to work on real projects inside their community) and signed her daughter up.

Manjula Patel and Wellington High School’s Community Education Centre - and Literacy Wellington

Manjula Patel

Manjula Patel is both a teacher and student of ACE. She has been a cooking teacher at Wellington High School’s Community Education Centre for around eight years - sharing her skills and culture. She loves teaching and helping all of her class gain in confidence and reach their goals. But writing up the recipes was difficult. Manjula had left school early to help her family financially and as an adult she found reading and writing hard. She didn’t want to go back to classes and “be told off”.

April Green and Ara’s Next Steps Centre for Women

April Green

April was born in 1963 to a family of fifteen and was whangai (adopted) at birth. For many years she was subject to serious violence and abuse.

It was not until she was turning 50 and her daughter was ready to leave home that she realised that she was depressed and “didn’t have a life.” So she enrolled in an 8-week course called New Outlook for Women at the Next Steps Centre for Women at CPIT (now Ara). “This is when I realised my true passion,” she said. “I learnt that my past is nothing to be ashamed of “it was actually my resume.”

Adult Learners’ Week He Tangata Mātauranga Launch 2017

Adult Learners' Week Parliamentary Breakfast

Adult Learners’ Week He Tangata Mātauranga 2017 was celebrated from the 4th to the 10th of September. This year the launch was in Wellington, at a Parliamentary Breakfast.

Common Unity Project Aotearoa: together we grow

Community Unity Project Aotearoa

In Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt, a revolution is brewing. For five years it has been transforming the community, whānau and individual lives through ‘new’ systems. ‘New’ because what this community driven project is creating is based on age-old ways of doing things, and age-old values of reciprocity and doing things together so that everyone can flourish.

Whau ACE: taking up the challenge

Whau ACE

At the ACE Conference 2017 Andy Jackson, the Ministry of Education key note speaker, referred to the Productivity Commission’s findings and the need to look at each level of the tertiary education system and ask what we can do to encourage innovation, while maintaining a focus on quality, to improve outcomes for learners. The theme of the conference was The Challenge of Change, and Andy ended his presentation with a slide that asked the question: So where is ACE heading?