ACE Schools report increase in demand

Since the first lockdown and during the time at level 2, all the schools providing ACE that we contacted, reported an increased demand for their courses.

Parenting support at Tararua REAP: empowerment and self-reliance

Over the last two years there have been some changes at Tararua REAP – a move to work more holistically, the appointment of a new parent support worker, collaboration with a local iwi and of course more recently, responding to Covid-19 and the lockdown.

Tararua REAP is one of the smaller REAPs. Its base is in Dannevirke and it serves a largely rural population from Norsewood in the north to Woodville in the south.

Ngāti Tamaoho community education

Ngāti Tamaoho are descendants of the Tainui waka with three affiliated marae – Mangatangi, Whataapaka and Nga Hau E Wha. They are a hapu of Waikato Tainui with about 4300 registered beneficiaries.

Because their numbers are small, a decision was made early on to work with government, existing educational providers and networks to build the relationships required to support Ngāti Tamaoho in all areas of life-long learning.

Rangatahi led: Lift Youth Employment

Each week around 35 rangatahi decide to walk into the Lift premises in Napier. The large majority choose to come because they have heard from their cousin, their brother, their sister or a friend that it is a good place to go. Some hear about Lift when the organisation is out making a pitch in their community. A few are referred. Most are Māori, most are male and most come from challenging backgrounds. School was a disaster. Drugs have often been a solution. Mental health and homelessness are often a problem.

PolyeLearning – the new PEC student portal

The Auckland-based Pasifika Education Centre (PEC) is the only NZQA Registered PTE offering NZQA approved training schemes for community Pasifika language courses in six languages and across all levels. These courses are made available to Pasifika Aotearoa for free, with the goal of achieving thriving Pasifika languages, but they are also freely available to all New Zealander’s who may have an interest in Pasifika languages and cultures.

And now, with the exception of the Samoan Oratory class, all of the courses are available online.

Kaiapoi Food Forest – building community self-reliance

After the Christchurch earthquakes the people of Kaiapoi were asked by their council to choose a community project that could be developed on red zone land. As many supported the idea of a community garden or a food forest, a local couple, Brent and Shirley Cairns, were approached by their Council to kick-start the process and establish a food forest that would bring the community together, teach them about sustainable gardening and home-based food production, and provide a local source of food for foraging.

Ara Institute’s free computing courses – tackling the digital divide

For nearly 20 years the Ara Institute of Canterbury has been delivering free computing courses in the community. They started in 2001 with programmes at their first community hub in Madras street in the central city. Since then six more hubs have been established – four more in Christchurch, and one each in Timaru and Oamaru.

Active citizens: creating positive change in communities

Aotearoa New Zealand now joins 74 other countries with access to a British Council Active Citizens programme.

The aim of the programme is to empower participants to make a positive contribution to the development of their local communities by supporting them to deliver social action, become more culturally competent and helping them to deliver sustainability through social enterprise.

So for our ACE providers using a community development approach this low-cost or free programme may provide a valuable professional development opportunity.

International: Covid-19 brings it home

By Jenny Macaffer, Chief Executive Officer, Adult Learning Australia.
The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed our vulnerabilities and weaknesses and put many of the things we value at risk. Our critical response, health, aged care and communication systems, our food security and the ways we interact and go about our business, have been forced to dramatically change both in Australia and in most places around the world.