Tikanga Māori helping refugee settlement

During a year-long 'Tikanga Māori learning project', three organisations - Red Cross, Multicultural Language and Support Services (or MCLaSS) and ChangeMakers Refugee Forum - collaborated with local iwi to help refugees settle in New Zealand. New Zealand is one of 26 countries that take part in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regular resettlement programme.

Youth Inspire: getting a $12.00 return on every dollar spent

Youth Inspire Hutt City

RNZ’s Nine to Noon recently ran an interview with the chair of Youth Inspire and one of their rangatahi, Jazmine Kupenga.

Youth Inspire is a Hutt City organisation was started in Wainuiomata in 2014 in response to statistics which showed that about 25 percent of young people were leaving school without the soft or hard skills to move onto a meaningful life pathway.

The 13 week programme is based on the model Dale Williams developed in Otorohanga in 2010. It involves a partnership between school, the Council and employers.

Youth Employability Programme: Licence to work in the Wairarapa

YEP Airport 2018

The Youth Employability Programme (YEP) – Licence to Work, has been developed by COMET Auckland and is delivered in partnership with regional organisations.

The programme brings educators, employers and youth organisations together to support young people develop the employability and work readiness skills they need to get a job – and stay in a job.

Refugee education at Selwyn College: supporting intergenerational success

Refugee Education for Adults and Families

Since 2000 there have been adult refugees attending classes at Selwyn College in Auckland. Some years there have been up to 140, this year there are 120. They are all enrolled at the college as secondary students, so the funding for the programme comes from the Ministry of Education.

The programme is called REAF – Refugee Education for Adults and Families.

Drawbridge: creating learner pathways

Drawbridge Literacy North Otago

Amanda Dennis is a qualified secondary school art teacher working as a part time tutor at Literacy North Otago. Drawbridge, a literacy programme designed to teach learning and thinking by drawing, is her brain child.

Literacy coaches support rural people

Adult Literacy Rural Trust

Most weekdays, in a converted Port Waikato garage, there are three people working to bring adult literacy services to rural people. There’s the organisation’s manager, Jo Poland, Christine Ramsey the Community Coordinator and Jasmine Piacun, one-time learner and now the Volunteer Support Coordinator. Down in Wanaka the fourth member of the team, Kristi Cabot works from her home office as the Student Coach Coordinator.

Digital literacy and digital inclusion – update

Sue West 2020 Trust

By Sue West, 20/20 Trust
Our article last year discussed digital literacy and inclusion: the financial costs of being offline are high; social costs are growing; and people without internet include our most vulnerable families and citizens, typically high users of government and social services and relatively isolated.

So what’s happened since?

International: Building an innovative curriculum on soft-skills for adult learners in Europe


By Alicia Gabán Barrio, Communications Officer and Project Assistant, EFET (European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training.)

Hamilton City Library and lifelong learning

Hamilton City Library

In 2012 Hamilton City Libraries set up its Service Development Team, and with it created a specialist position – Lifelong Learning Librarian. Today three of the five goals in the libraries’ strategic plan – libraries as a community hub, libraries optimise the use of technology, libraries support literacy and promote reader development – are relevant to promoting lifelong learning.

Preliminary report on national ‘education conversation’

This report was released on July 11.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins said that more than 14000 New Zealanders contributed to an on-line survey on how the education system can help every learner to be successful – and about education changes they want to see.

The following themes were identified:

Research on school community collaboration

Epuni School Case Study

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZER) has recently completed four case studies on schools collaborating with communities. One of the case studies was the collaboration between Epuni Primary School in Lower Hutt and the Common Unity Project Aotearoa (CUPA) – a successful community organisation which provides adult and community education and grows social enterprises.