Community learning pays off for Māori and Pasifika

updated By Ripeka Timutimu

Adult community educators from around the county gathered in Wellington this week for the Hui Fono.

The Hui Fono is a unique space that brings together Māori and Pasifika working in adult and community education. Its purpose is to provide a space for professional learning, for and by Māori and Pasifika.

Māori and Pasifika Adult and Community Education spokesperson Analiese Robertson says Māori and Pasifika educators play a key role in our communities.

She says, “We have an open kaupapa around adult community education, those who identify that part of what they do is a service to our people that have experienced disparity and negative experiences in the education sector.”

Robertson says that those who attended have established community learning groups on various subjects including reo, rāranga and leadership skills.

“When we think of Māori and Pasifika working in this space it’s not the 9-5 context. We go back home to our whānau who are affected through an education system that may not be successful for them, so where do they go to re-engage into learning especially if it’s been negative?”

Te Kāea reporter Ripeka Timutimu will have a special story on Te Kāea tonight at 5:30pm.