Wan Smolbag Theatre turns 30

Wan Smolbag Theatre is a Vanuatu NGO that provides community education across the Pacific. It was established in 1989.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: ideas for Māori Language Week

Te wiki o te reo Māori takes place this year from September 9-15.

Kia Kaha te reo Māori – let’s make Māori language strong - is the theme for the week.

There are a number of resources available on line.

Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori/Māori Language Commission website has Tools for Language Planning – the resource includes a language plan template, self assessment, language plan development, language plan process chart, and review and reflresh.

2019 Global NGO Technology Report

160 Countries | 5,721 Non-governmental Organizations

One step up: AONTAS in Ireland launches new website 

AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation in Ireland, has a new website for learners wanting to know how they can build on what they have learned and take their next learning step. One Step Up: Find your Learning Pathway provides information on courses, funding support and contact details to help adults find future learning and training options, and access the support available to them. 

Rongopai House: support for the long haul

Prominent on the Rongopai House website are some grim statistics for the Far North: 49 percent of their community is living in poverty; 45 percent of their households earn less than $30,000 a year; and 23 percent of their families have just one parent looking after the children.

It’s these statistics, along with Director Dino Houtas’s personal experience, that drives the way the small team at Rongopai House works.

Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga 2019

The Festival of Adult Learning, Ahurei Ākonga (formerly Adult Learners’ Week He Tangata Mātauranga) is a UNESCO initiative supported by the TEC and the NZ Commission for UNESCO.

The week, celebrated during the first week of September, gives ACE providers a great opportunity to let their communities know about the programmes they offer, provide free public events – from short taster courses to fun activities – and promote lifelong learning.

Art4Me at West REAP

West REAP has long provided adult community education programmes that help people gain the confidence and skills they need to move ahead with their lives. Their programmes include literacy and numeracy, driver licence, preparing cvs and getting job ready, computer and digital skills, support to get basic NCEA qualifications, sign language and te reo.

Taeaomanino Trust’s RED programme: learning to change

The Taeaomanino Trust is a Porirua-based Pacific social service and health provider.

In 2016 the Trust decided that they needed to find a way of engaging hard to reach people who had been in trouble with the law because of domestic violence. So, in partnership with Department of Corrections Community Probation, they put together a programme designed to help offenders Restore their mana, Empower themselves by gaining tools for change, and Defend their families and their mana. The RED programme.

Business ACE at Wellington High CEC

By Nigel Sutton, Director, Wellington High School Community Education Centre

WEST: where a social enterprise is drawing in new learners

WEST – West Auckland Enterprise, Skills and Training – is an independent, not for profit organisation with a long history of providing adult education in the West Auckland community. Although still a WEA, its main focus today is to support economic wellbeing. For a number of years WEST has been doing this through courses that increase income, save money and increase people’s access to employment – such as driver education, a work ready course, a forklift course, and workshops to support small and homebased businesses.

Ngāti Kuia: building whānau skills

Ngāti Kuia is one of the oldest iwi in Te Tauihu, the top of the South Island. About 40 percent of their registered members live in the region. Their main marae is at Te Hora Pa in Canvastown.

In 2016 the iwi began a planned process of building whānau skills and commercial capacity, starting with a beekeeping business.

Dave Johnston is the General Manager at Te Runanga:

ACE Learner Outcomes Tool: the 20/20 Trust experience

By Sue West, Auckland Area Manager, 2020 Trust