Ngā mihi to everyone who participated in uLearn20, 7-8 October 2020!
Dive deeper with a retrospective look at uLearn20 activators!
Young Māori are the fastest growing population in Aotearoa and will be the drivers of the next generation. In order to grow Māori leadership for better outcomes how will we equip our tamariki/rangatahi? Developing an education system that is fit for the future is about transformative change. We all have the opportunity to contribute to redesigning schooling and doing things differently for Māori success.
Melanie Taite-Pitama has had first-hand knowledge of being raised in a pā environment and has returned to Ngāi Tūāhuriri as the Tumuaki of Tuahiwi Kura after helping to build a new school in Christchurch. Melanie has strategic and operational insight and last year received the NZ Māori Governance Woman of the Year award for her work as the Deputy Chair at Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd. She is also a Director of Tuahiwi Education Ltd.
The importance of entrepreneurial learning in the classroom is reinforced by a new piece of research that shows organisations seek young people with creative, collaboration and entrepreneurial skills. Participate in an ideation programme where you will identify local problems then brainstorm and present solutions. Participants will receive the workshop resources to deliver the programme in their own classrooms.
Taj Pabari is one of Australia’s youngest and most successful social entrepreneurs, and an Australian Young Innovator of the Year. At the age of 14, Taj established Fiftysix Creations, Australasia's largest Youth Entrepreneurship education provider. Last year, nearly 55,000 Australian students had attended a workshop, including those living in remote areas. The company teaches 5-18 year-olds about business, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Hear how the kaupapa Māori framework at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu — Te Kura (The Correspondence School) puts ākonga at the centre of their education journey. Utilising aroha and wisdom in the context of people and places, this programme empowers the learner. By honouring Māori and Pasifika voices, Te Kura has reimagined learning and by working alongside whānau, it has challenged traditional curriculum design to reimagine success.
Christine Te Kiri (Ngāi Tūhoe) has taught from early childhood to Year 13, across Māori and English mediums, heading up many specialist programmes along the way. She is currently National Leader of Learning – Ngā Mana Ōrite at Te Kura (The Correspondence School). Christine’s drive to effect change comes from wanting to ensure her mokopuna experience an education system free from discrimination, where their narratives are normalised in all spaces.
Explore a Pacific practice that is central to community, belonging and wellbeing. By putting learners and their ‘āiga at the centre, we can promote sustainable relationships and build toward shared goals. Designing a learning environment that nurtures collaboration, culture and language — and enhances success for Pacific learners — will require us to look to our past before reimagining learning that is relevant and success that is collective.
Jason Tiatia is Christchurch-born but his roots are in the villages of Sāmoa. Jason is a former professional sportsman and NZ Rugby 7s rep. With qualifications in Sport Management and Tertiary Teaching and Learning he has gone on to become an educator, facilitator and advisor. Jason is the Samoan Language tutor at Ara Institute of Canterbury and is an advocate for Samoan language revitalisation.
There is plenty of research that identifies how educators can best support rainbow students to thrive and do well. By heeding this insight, utilising resources and working together, John believes we can reimagine learning and success so these ākonga have the chance to share their unique perspectives.
Dr John Fenaughty is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. His background lies in community psychology with a focus on youth wellbeing and supporting young people who are sex, gender, or sexuality diverse. Since starting a queer support group at university, John has gone on to work for the NZ Health Research Council, NetSafe and CORE Education. He has created many programmes and resources to support inclusive education and digital citizenship.
What are the opportunities that can support rangatahi Māori to shape their own future? What is currently holding them back? How can we weave learning throughout their life? Ngāi Tahu aims to see Māori in their takiwā achieve equity in education, employment and income by 2040. By removing barriers and championing systemic change they hope to change the odds for rangatahi.
Dr Eruera Tarena (Ngāi Tahu [Tūāhuriri], Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) has a background in both cultural and organisational expertise, facilitating collaborative partnerships and projects. He has worked in roles associated with iwi development, including across divisions of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Eruera is Executive Director for Tokona te Raki: Māori Futures Collective, a Ngāi Tahu-led lab to empower rangatahi.
We need to radically rethink education to grow generations that dare to dream and make our world a better place. Traditional academic knowledge will get our children so far, but they cannot deliver it in a way that will create the necessary changes to society without also having strong emotional intelligence (EI). Dive into EI and find out how you can help develop it.
Steve Mouldey is Principal of AGE School in Takapuna, Auckland. His dream is to unleash curious, creative kids on the world. For the last 10 years, Steve has been leading conference workshops and sharing his passion for activities that enable students to be curious, creative and empathetic; now he is developing a whole school based on exactly that.