Cities of Learning in the UK

Cities of Learning (CofL) is a new place-based approach to enhancing lifelong learning through digitally connecting individuals to learning, employment and civic opportunities within a defined locality.

It was first established in the US – and has been introduced to the UK by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a digital credentialing organisation called Digitalme.

RNZ interview with ACE Conference 2019 key note speaker

On Tuesday June 11 Kathryn Ryan who hosts Nine to Noon, interviewed Shirley Walters, one of the key note speakers at the ACE Conference 2019.

RNZ subtitled the interview as The Power of Lifelong Learning.

Kathryn talked with Shirley about the importance of lifelong learning at this time of climate crisis.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Trickle Up: An ACE story from the developing world

Trickle Up was established in 1979. Since then they have helped more than 1.5 million of the poorest, most vulnerable people living in developing countries move to greater economic self-sufficiency and connection with their communities.

They help the poorest graduate out of extreme poverty. They focus on women, people with disabilities, people from rural areas, indigenous groups, and refugees because they are disproportionately affected by extreme poverty.

Māori and Pasifika Professional Development Hui Fono 2019

By Chanel Phillips, Otago University
This year the Hui Fono was held from February 13-15 at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington).

The theme was Islands in the S.T.R.E.A.M – Science, Technology, Relationships, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. These days mainstream educators are stressing the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For Māori and Pasifika, Arts and Relationships are also vital parts of an effective education too.

Te Pā o Rākaihautū: where whānau learn

Te Pā o Rākaihautū in Otautahi Christchurch is funded as a Section 156 designated character school. In practise it is anything but a ‘school’. It is a learning village, where there are no walls separating the different stages of learning – from ECE to ACE; where increasingly there are no walls or barriers between all the services and informal learning that are needed to grow whānau wellbeing.

Manaakitanga and the power of informal learning

In mid-2016 Te Puea Memorial Marae in Māngere was in the news when it opened its doors to the growing number of homeless people in Auckland. Three years later and the marae’s Manaaki Tāngata Programme is now working in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development: The marae has become a Transitional Housing Provider with some of its many voluntary kaimahi now paid – at least for some of the many hours that they work.

WELLfed: Cooking as a vehicle for social change


WELLfed was established in Porirua East in August 2016 by two women, Rebecca Morahan and Kim Murray. Both have considerable experience in the business and financial sector and had been volunteering in several local organisations including Bellyful, a nationwide community organisation providing food for families with new-born babies or serious illness.

Do Good, Feel Good: a movement for Pasifika wellbeing

It was started in South Auckland in 2015 by The Cause Collective (formerly known as the Alliance Community Initiatives Trust - ACIT) to connect young Pasifika people to health services. Since then Do Good Feel Good has developed into a movement for Pasifika wellbeing and it is in the process of expanding from a strictly youth focus, to one that involves older adults too.

Chillion Sanerivi is the Youth Mobiliser for Do Good Feel Good. He told us their story:

No slowing down for Auntie Nana: CIDANZ’s Super Gold club

By Janet Akai, Manager Business Improvement, Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ)

“E lamepa taau tuatua no toku nei vaevae ei turama no toku nei arataa” – “Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my direction” (Psalms 119).

ACE Aotearoa hosts ASPBAE’s BLDC

Every year ASPBAE (Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education) holds a Basic Leadership Development Course (BLDC) to give adult and community education emerging leaders the skills and knowledge required to foster transformative adult and community education in their own countries and regions.

Learning culturally safe practice at Central Plateau REAP


Kim Eriksen-Downs, supported by her husband Brendon, has been training trainers in indigenous safe practice for 13 years. She’s been doing it nationally. But she noticed that when she came home to Tuwharetoa she found that there were a lot of social, health, welfare and education practitioners who wanted to learn culturally safe te ao Māori practice. So with others, she set up a forum – a space where people could come together and learn. The difficulty was that it required her attention to keep the forum going, and it started to falter.

The development of China’s continuing education in the 40 years of reform and opening up

By Professor Hualing Xue, Standing Director and Executive Deputy Secretary- General, Chinese Adult Education Association.