Towards a national lifelong learning policy for Australia

Adult Learning Australia is bringing together leaders from across adult education, community, social services, government and business to build a vision for lifelong learning in Australia.

The summit is being held in Melbourne on 17 April 2018

It is designed to support the Federal Government to articulate an integrated and comprehensive lifelong policy, with a primary focus on adult education.

Adult Learning Australia is calling for an integrated lifelong learning policy that:

2017 Global Trends in Giving Report

This global report is a research project that seeks to gain a better understanding of how donors prefer to give and engage with their favourite causes and charitable organisations.

It includes global trends in giving and breaks it down to the trends in Australia and Oceania. Donors in Australia and Oceania are unique, they are younger and less ideologically polarized.

June is Have a Go Month in the UK

In the UK Adult Learners’ Week is now called a Festival of Learning. They call it Have a Go Month. The Learning and Work Institute and campaign partner Hotcourses UK (the UK’s number one online course search) are now calling on businesses, education providers and learning organisations to get involved with their Festival of Learning 2018.

Hotcourses UK is hosting a calendar of events for all organisations to use to promote their taster sessions, open days, lectures and other learning activities.

Pacific student NCEA success

Pasifika Education

Pacific students have almost caught up with Europeans in the top two levels of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) for the first time since the qualification was introduced 15 years ago.

National results for 2017, released today, show that the proportion of Year 12 Pacific students achieving NCEA Level 2 has climbed from just 50.5 per cent in 2008 to 80.7 per cent – now just a fraction behind European students’ 84.5 per cent.

In the same period the pass rate for European students crept up only slowly from 73.9 per cent to 84.5 per cent.

Hui Fono 2018

Hui Fono 2018

By Chanel Philips (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine), University of Otago
Hui Fono is a professional development space by and for Māori and Pasifika adult educators.

This year the event was held in late Huitanguru (February) at the Korou Kore Marae in Ahipara Te Taitokerau, Northland.

Te Whare Hukahuka o Tangaroa: building Māori leadership and enterprise skills

Te Whare Hukahuka o Tangaroa

Te Whare Hukahuka is an award-winning team of young Māori social entrepreneurs. Their vision is to improve the lives of 10 million indigenous people – starting with the roughly one million Māori living in Aotearoa and Australia.

Their way of achieving this is to strengthen Māori social enterprises and community organisations so that they become world-class, and to develop the next generation of Māori community and business leaders.

The learner voice: co-designing future programmes

Te Aroha Noa

Te Aroha Noa in Palmerston North has begun a process that goes way beyond the traditional way of responding to ‘learner needs’. With their research partner from Point Research Ltd they have developed a co-designed process where trained staff and students work with whānau to find out what’s getting in the way of effective parenting. Then together with whānau, they can plan for activities, education or therapeutic services that will break the cycles which keep these whānau failing.

ACE in schools: community collaboration and engagement

ACE in Schools

By Gregory Pierce, Principal Aorere College and Deidre Shea, Principal Onehunga High School
In 2009 Aorere College and Onehunga High School signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This document detailed how we would work together to offer a range of programmes to our local communities. The idea of working collegially and collaborating on community engagement made sense as we are located relatively closely together. Both schools are strong advocates of lifelong learning and the value of adult and community education both within and beyond the school gates.

Odyssey café: growing optimism and opportunity

Odyssey café

Odyssey is a long established Auckland not-for-profit organisation that helps people to overcome alcohol, drug and gambling addiction problems. In November 2016 they launched a work training programme at Odyssey café in New Lynn. It is a social enterprise that provides great food and coffee for the community and, at the same time, offers young people aged 16-24 years an eight-week training programme where they are supported to complete 10 Level 2 NZQA Hospitality credits. These are assessed by their tutor who has completed the NZQA assessment qualifications.

Learning Environment Design


By Ruby Watson co-founder of ĀKAU
ĀKAU engages taitamariki and their communities in real architecture and design projects, with a vision to create awesomeness in communities throughout Aotearoa. To ĀKAU, this is where every young person has a voice, a purpose and meaningful participation. This is our kaupapa; the driving force behind how and why we do things differently. 

Community-led DIY solutions connect South Westland


By Corrina Gestro-Best and Cheryl Smeaton, WestREAP
Imagine a 260k stretch of coastline extending from Ross, south of Hokitika to Haast and Jackson Bay, as far south on the West Coast as one can travel overland.

Our WestREAP has 13 small communities of between 50 and 350 households scattered along a main highway, engaged in hospitality, agriculture and retail, with four schools and a Marae, Te Tauraka waka a Māui at Bruce Bay.

Deaf Aotearoa upskill community facilitators

Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa is a national organisation representing the voice of Deaf people in NZ, and the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand. The organisation has 14 offices throughout NZ and provides services to the community, meeting the needs of Deaf people of all ages. Adult Community Education is an important part of the services they have on offer.