Adult and Community Education Aotearoa Annual Awards 2020

This year’s Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown have meant that many events on the ACE calendar have had to be cancelled or postponed. This has included our annual Awards presentations at the ACE Conference. In spite of not being able to present the 2020 Awards publicly, we have recently confirmed the 2020 recipients and join with the sector in warmly congratulating them.

Our 2020 recipients are:

Necessity driven innovation: ELP’s unexpected win from Covid-19

By Nicola Sutton, CE, English Language Partners
‘Necessity is the mother of invention’, said Plato and we have found this to be true. English Language Partners' (ELP) work is teaching English to adults and until March 25th this work was done in face-to-face classes. All across New Zealand, learners gathered with the purpose of improving their language skills so they could participate more effectively in daily life and settle well in New Zealand.

Reflections on tutoring under lockdown – and Literacy Aotearoa connection across the motu

Compiled by a few of us in Literacy Aotearoa…
Maintaining our national connectedness, adaptability and a sense of humour became the mantra for Literacy Aotearoa during lockdown. For a national organisation that covers the motu from Cape Reinga to Bluff, it was critical for our organisation to have a sense of connectedness and continuity during this intense moment in our history – and lessen the anxiety and negative effects of lockdown.

13 REAPS: connection, inspiration and innovation

By Hayden Maskell, Marketing and Communication Manager, REAP Wairarapa
REAPs across the country are deeply connected with their communities, and the Covid-19 lockdown presented a significant challenge. With rural communities especially affected by the isolation, the 13 REAPs managed to quickly find inspiration and innovation.

For many people, the most significant challenge was in having children home. All 13 REAPs actively sought ways to help parents in their time of need, by connecting schools, educators, parents and children with useful resources and activities.

Life under lockdown: schools rise to the challenge

By Linda Melrose, Director of Adult and Community Education – Onehunga High School and Aorere College; President of CLASS – Community Learning Association through Schools

COMET’S YEP Guy – and youth self care

During the lockdown close to 1000 young people currently enrolled in the Youth Employability Programme (YEP) were able to access a range of online resources to continue building their skills, including a series of short videos by ‘That YEP Guy’.

YEP was established by COMET Auckland five years ago and now operates in 12 regions/areas around the country. It is designed to make it possible for all 14-24 year olds to gain the insight, confidence and skills to get work, keep work and create careers.

Support for refugee learners at Hagley College

By Tara de Coninck, Learning Leader, English Language Learning, Hagley College

Whenua Warriors: supporting community-led food security

Kelly Francis (Ngapuhi), who started Whenua Warriors in South Auckland in 2017, now has a long-term plan that will build resilience and sustainability into our food supply.

When we wrote about Whenua Warriors in 2018 they had already established over 280 gardens in people’s backyards, papakāinga, schools, kohanga, marae, emergency houses, women’s refuges and community spaces.

Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust – keeping kaumātua connected, informed and entertained (as requested)

Hamilton’s Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust was set up by Kaumātua in 1997. Now, over 20 years later (in normal times), a staff of 18 provide culturally focussed health and education services for over 600 kaumatua.

Rotorua Community Youth Centre: opportunities for real connection

The Rotorua Community Youth Centre is a youth-one-stop-shop providing development workshops, support for transitioning into employment and health services specifically for young people. Their strap line is ‘Enabling youth to reach their full potential by helping them to be happy, healthy, safe, and moving towards a great future’.

Prior to the lockdown the centre was running over 15 workshops for Rotorua youth – and they had just launched a by-youth-for-youth community radio station, Power 88.3 Rotorua.

Christchurch’s Enabling Youth Programme: keeping households supported and calm

Youth with serious anger problems are a risk to themselves, their whānau and the wider community. In Christchurch, Stopping Violence Services has an Enabling Youth Programme, funded by TEC ACE, to help young people 16 years and over and not in fulltime secondary schooling, develop the emotional and cognitive skills they need to change their lives.

SkillWise and systemic change

By the last week of Alert Level 4, SkillWise, a Christchurch community organisation providing TEC-funded training and education for around 80 people with an intellectual disability, was nearly ready to offer an online learning resource to other similar organisations around the country.