Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Chch Group Scoops UNESCO Adult Learning Award

Media Release

Embargoed until 7pm Sunday 3 September 2006


Christchurch Group Scoops UNESCO Adult Learning Award


The inaugural UNESCO Adult Learning Award for Education for Sustainable Development has been won by Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch.

The Award is one of two established by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, with the purpose of fostering community-based learning activities that promote education for sustainable development or human rights, diversity and participation.

The Award will be presented at the Adult Learners’ Week He Tangata Mãtauranga launch at the Auckland Museum on Sunday September 3.

Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch(SOC)works towards the bold vision of Christchurch people “practising, living and demonstrating sustainability in all that they do.” By empowering people to engage in the issues affecting the future of their community, theypromote the message that sustainability is everyone’s business.

Award judges were impressed with the fact that Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch is committed to providing community learning opportunities for adults around the issue of environmental sustainability, one of the key concerns for our future in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Dynamic Community Learning Awards


Te Aroha Noa, Matariki Tupu Hou and Positively Clutha Women are the recipients of this year’s Dynamic Community Learning Awards which will also be presented at the Adult Learners’ Week He Tangata Mãtauranga launch.

Sponsored by Mary-Jane Rivers, the McCombs-Rivers family and Alison Broad, the Awardsacknowledge adult education programmes that help strengthen communities.

Te Aroha Noa Community Services, based in Highbury, Palmerston North offers multi-disciplinary, integrated, early intervention services to lower socio-economic families creating a learning community underpinned by the Maori concept of Ako. The organisation works to “unleash the potential” in the community it serves.

Matariki Tupu Hou Community Kapahaka Group and Whanau began as a community kapahaka group open to all in the Central Otago area who were interested in learning waiata, te reo and related culture and protocol. It has developed into an organisation offering ongoing learning opportunities and bridging gaps in knowledge and understanding.

Positively Clutha Women provides workshops, seminars and other learning opportunities to empower women of the Clutha District to reach their full potential.

Each year the group holds a Rural Women’s Week offering workshops and speakers throughout the district and attracting over 2000 people.

Throughout Adult Learners’ Week He Tangata Mãtauranga, inspirational learners and teachers will be honoured at award ceremonies all over New Zealand. Each year around half a million adult New Zealanders participate in adult learning programmes.

This year’s theme ‘Changing Lives, Building Strong Communities Akoranga Pakari Whakawhiti Oranga me te Hanga hapori Pakari’ emphasises the potential of community based adult learning for increasing the opportunities of individuals and strengthening communities.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

Negotiations Begin: Equal Conditions For Men & Women In Professional Football

The trade union representing New Zealand's professional footballers has initiated bargaining for an agreement securing equal terms and conditions for men and women. If negotiated, it will be the first agreement of its kind in the world. More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:


Howard Davis Review: Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's Rules of Engagement

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own personal convictions, Hall's new CD addresses current issues and social problems on multiple levels, confirming her position as a polemical and preeminent voice on the indigenous NZ music scene. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland