Life skills and participation in lifelong learning

In 2019 the EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults) has been exploring how life skills impact participation in adult learning. Their aim has been:

UK Parent Champion Programmes

In the UK there is a Parent Champions National Network. There are 50 schemes across the country and about 300 parents volunteering.

Parent Champions are parent volunteers who give a few hours a week to talk to other parents about the local services available to families.  

The Parent Champions model is delivered by parents for parents, with the support of a local authority, children’s centre, school or local community organisation.

Webinar on racism; RNZ talk on being Pākehā


Community Research is organising a free webinar – White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday December 17 from 10:00 to 11:00 am

The speaker, Dr Robin DiAngelo is a writer and trainer and will be speaking about how you can engage and partner more effectively in cross cultural dialogue and anti-racist action and change.
click this link to find out more and register.

ASPBAE Basic Leadership Development Course 2019

ASPBAE's flagship programme, the Basic Leadership Development Course (BLDC), occured from 12-17 November 2019 in Bogor, Indonesia. Thirty-eight participants from 18 countries came together to jointly learn and share in this highly interactive and engaging course.

This year's BLDC is being hosted by ASPBAE member, PEKKA Indonesia. Course Directors are ASPBAE President, Nani Zulminarni, and Executive Council members Nguyen Kim Anh (representing Southeast Asia), and Peter-Clinton Foaese (representing the South Pacific).

The women’s rugby pathway at Far North REAP

Rawinia Everitt has been a Black Fern. She was a member of the squad from 2011 to 2017 and that included two World Cup wins before an injury put her out of action just before a World Cup final in Ireland. After a year coaching women’s rugby in Hong Kong, she returned home to Kaitaia in the middle of last year. She had four weeks off and during that time she started thinking about how players that are contracted to play for New Zealand have to travel to Auckland twice a week and how difficult that is for many, especially young people, who hope to play for the national team.

The impact of trauma on learning

By Jennifer Leahy, Sector Services Manager Southern, Ako Aotearoa

The concept of historical trauma can be applied to the effects of colonisation on Māori in New Zealand.

Traumatic events take a serious emotional toll on anyone involved. In particular, these events can have a profound impact on an individual’s identity and are beyond a person’s control. The effects of being traumatised are very distinct and people who have experienced trauma are impacted physically, emotionally, behaviourally, cognitively, spiritually, neurobiologically and relationally.

Tū Tama Wahine o Taranaki: raising the benchmark

By Awhina Cameron CEO Tū Tama Wahine o Taranaki
Tū Tama Wahine o Taranaki (TTW) is a Kaupapa Māori, Common Good organisation. That is, the values that underpin tikanga Māori are central to its work. These values encourage active participation and help whānau to build relationships of mutual benefit.

Te Ara Rangatahi: youth-led dream-building programmes

In the last 12 months Te Ara Rangatahi has engaged over 500 vulnerable young people and helped them first discover and then realise their dreams.

Te Ara Rangatahi is a charitable trust based in Waiuku. Their programmes cover the wider Franklin area south of Auckland.

Getting Pacific parents behind STEM

The Amanaki STEM Academy (ASA) is based in Palmerston North. Their vision – to nurture and develop successful Pacific youth by prioritising work ethic and normalising excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). While there is an increasing number of Pasifika students taking STEM subjects and following a STEM career path, Pasifika young people still have the lowest uptake and achievement in STEM subjects nationwide.

Canon’s Creek Men’s Group: learning and belonging

A post on the Wesley Community Action Cannon’s Creek Facebook page on May 1 this year had the following announcement: ‘Our new Men’s Group at Cannons Creek starts on Friday with a gardening session. Come along to 206 Mungavin Ave at 12.30 on Friday May 3 to help get our community gardens ready for winter. We’ll provide the tools. All men welcome!’

Wellbeing Framework: informal education for multicultural women

Multicultural New Zealand (MNZ) has produced a resource designed to help women of all cultures make the most of their new life in New Zealand. The idea for such a resource came from a women’s hui held by the MNZ Women’s Council in May 2018 where the women were asked to identify three priority areas for action. Key themes that emerged were: structural and systemic safety for women; leadership development and economic independence; and promoting an inclusive society and community wellbeing for women.

Together we can go far: English Language Partners NZ

By Nicola Sutton, CE English Language Partners
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
This African proverb underpins English Language Partners’ (ELP) core value of working in partnership to help former refugees and migrants put down strong roots and succeed in their new lives.

Aotearoa is one of the world’s super diverse countries, with people from all cultures settling and enriching our lives, neighbourhoods and communities.