ĀKAU: providing a national resource for whānau and schools

On ĀKAU’s website this Kaikohe design and architectural studio sums up their approach to community education: “We value the ideas young people have for making their environment more awesome. By using design to engage taitamariki we hope to walk alongside them from exclusion, to inclusion, to greatness.”

Do Good Feel Good: engaging Pasifika youth

Do Good Feel Good is a movement of Pacific young people in South Auckland. They have three principles or ideas that inform their work: systems change, design thinking, and critical thinking, all through a Pacific lens and delivered by The Cause Collective – a Pacific social change agency in South Auckland.

Just prior to the lockdown, the leadership team worked hard to identify key principles for their work to transition online: safe spaces, authenticity and vibe.

Te Aroha Noa: support in the rāhui

Kia ekengia te waka i runga i te moana pukepuke!
The sea may be choppy but it can still be navigated.

Te Aroha Noa was established over 30 years ago in the low-income suburb of Highbury in Palmerston North. Today it has 48 staff, many part-time, some of whom have moved from being learners to tutors. It is an active community hub, providing services to people of all ages.

As an essential service Te Aroha Noa continued to support their community during the Alert Levels 4 and 3.

WELLfed – building on an investment

Responsiveness and a systems approach have made this Porirua NGO an award winner and an essential service during the lockdown.

Whau ACE: “one more string to our bow”

Whau ACE provides community education in West Auckland. Their programmes include English Conversation, Computer and Technology for Beginners, Starting Your Own Business, Money Matters, a Jobcafe, and a Job Hub – as well as ILETS Preparation, Te Reo Māori, and art.

With the exception of the last four, all programmes were offered online at the start of the lockdown, and the Whau ACE Facebook page became a go-to place for up-to-date information and messages.

Canterbury WEA: maintaining a grand old tradition

On March 25, when the lockdown began, Canterbury WEA cancelled all their remaining Term 1 courses and took an early recess so their small team (2 FTE) could prepare an online programme for Term 2, which started in early May and continued into June.

All the online courses are free.

Lottie Vinson, the Coordinator at Canterbury WEA, says that they made a decision to offer the Term 2 classes for free, (while continuing to pay their tutors), both as a public service and in recognition of the fact that online delivery would be a new challenge for both tutors and learners.

Learning Centre and Whānau Family Support Services – two new online classes to meet the need

This organisation, working in a low-income part of the Hutt Valley, usually runs community education classes on subjects like literacy, financial literacy, computers and technology and te reo and tikanga Māori. They also have a kaumātua support programme: Serenah Nicholson the CE of the Learning Centre and Whānau Family Support attends kaumātua days at Te Mangungu Marae in Naenae and the Wainuiomata Marae, linking people into financial support programmes, and to a group of grandparents raising grandchildren.

International: Covid-19 and ACE across the globe

By Colin McGregor, Director, ACE Aotearoa