Whanau learning

Manaakitanga and the power of informal learning

In mid-2016 Te Puea Memorial Marae in Māngere was in the news when it opened its doors to the growing number of homeless people in Auckland. Three years later and the marae’s Manaaki Tāngata Programme is now working in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development: The marae has become a Transitional Housing Provider with some of its many voluntary kaimahi now paid – at least for some of the many hours that they work.

Education Scotland has a Family Learning Framework

Published in April this year Education Scotland’s Family Learning Framework is designed to close the attainment gap and raise attainment for all.

They believe that family learning can be a catalyst for helping adults take up education opportunities and gain employment. And of course this has an impact on children’s aspirations too.

In 2016 they did a review of family learning and found that this intervention works in terms of reaching disadvantaged families and communities. When they participate in family learning it improves their life chances.