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ACE Sector Supports Green Party Policy on Community Hubs

ACE Sector Supports Green Party Policy on Community Hubs in Schools

The Adult and Community Education (ACE) Sector applauds the Green Party proposal to establish community hubs in low decile primary and intermediate schools. The policy announced over the weekend fits perfectly with the sector’s commitment to intergenerational learning.

Board co-chair Wendel Richardson says community hubs are already operating successfully in Aotearoa and are impacting positively on both children and their whānau.

Victory School in Nelson offers a one stop shop for health, learning and recreational needs. Families can access Plunket, hearing tests, idwives,literacy and many other services. Since the development of the School’s
community hub there has been a drop in referrals of pupils to social services and no truancy issues or stand downs.

Riverslea Community Trust in Hastings is a community hub set up to support students of Riverslea School where addictions, benefit dependency and low literacy levels amongst parents and caregivers were impacting on children’s learning. The Trust offers parents and others in the community pathways to better daily living.

These hubs show that when families learn together, everyone benefits.

Children see that parents value learning and parents learn how to support their children in their learning through gaining new skills.

ACE Aotearoa co-chair Ani Pahuru-Huriwai says community hubs offer a real opportunity to not only improve learning outcomes for children but also build strong vibrant communities where lifelong learning is the norm.

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