EDITORIAL – October 2017

An inclusive Christian community in Auckland, New Zealand

EDITORIAL – October 2017

EDITORIAL
Recently we have been looking at different groups in the
community with which our members are in touch. This is
with a view to thinking how we can be good neighbours
in our area.
This Monthís Group is
LITERACY AUCKLAND NORTH.
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Here are their Mission and Kaupapa statements.
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Mission
Literacy Aotearoa is established to develop, promote
and deliver accessible, quality literacy services
designed to ensure the peoples of Aotearoa are
critically literate and able to realise their full social,
cultural and economic potential.
Kaupapa
Literacy Aotearoa will honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi* by
operating in accordance with Tino Rangatiratanga
and guided by Manaaki Tangata.
The headquarters of the branch or poupou in our
area, Literacy Auckland North,(LAN) is tucked away in
a weatherboard house at 414 Glenfield Road, under
the friendly and capable management of Jane Rigby.
Two of our members, Nan and Kathy, are tutoring
there.
The organisation provides tutors free of charge to
adults in NZ to improve their literacy and numeracy
skills.
It is funded by private donors plus some government
grants.
Some of their work is done on site and some
elsewhere in the large catchment area.The next
offices north of here are at Whangarei and Dargaville.
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WHERE DO THE STUDENTS COME FROM?
Small group courses are run for specific groups e.g.
literacy for apprentice exams or for Learners Driving
Licence tests (some held at Northcote College).
One-on-one or small-group sessions are organised
for people who have either missed out on regular
education in NZ or need help in up skilling for
employment or general living. There is a strong
emphasis on digital literacy which is required for very
many jobs nowadays
e.g. to hold a job as a hospital orderly you need to be
able to use a tablet and load information into it during
the day.
To this end LAN maintains strong links with the local
libraries helping clients to enrol there so they have
access to both the print books and the use of
computers. This means students can practice
between lessons if they have no tech devices at
home.
I was told workplace programmes held either during
the working day or at the end of a shift are shown to
improve the ability of workers to do their jobs and
improve communication in the workplaces.This tends
to increase job satisfaction while reducing
absenteeism so itís a win-win for employee and
employer. The North Shore and surrounding areas
have a large immigrant population with many of the
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people having done basic english courses on arrival
here but not a lot of followup since.
An example of workplace programmes is those
Literacy Auckland North have run for caregivers in
rest homes resulting in better communication and
fewer misunderstandings between families and the
institutions. Very worthwhile!
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HERE DO THE TUTORS COME FROM?
Some of the tutors are trained teachers who do a
Level 5 NZ Cert in Adult Literacy and Numeracy
Education through e.g. Manukau Institute of
Technology while they get practical experience on the
job. They can then become part of the paid staff at
Literacy Auckland North and teach group sessions.
Others have experience in teaching and other
qualifications e.g. ESOL and work as volunteers.New
volunteers who have no teaching experience will
soon be able to do a lesser qualification,a Level 4 NZ
Cert in Adult Teaching and work as volunteers on a
one-to-one basis.
This is an impressive organisation worth supporting.
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Where might St Aidans fit in to this?
Perhaps you visit a rest home or other workplace and
have an opportunity to speak to the manager?
Mention the Literacy Auckland North programmes in
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the workplace, LAN would be delighted to be asked to
do more of these programmes.
Or maybe you would be interested in becoming a
volunteer? Get in touch with Jane Rigby ph 4440420
to discuss it.