This year’s theme challenges us to learn ways of being and doing that nourish us, personally, professionally, culturally, and collectively. The systems we operate in don’t always support us to do this — uLearn21 is an opportunity to hit the reset button and zero in on how we activate our potential as those with a vested interest in education.
Equity is an essential aspect of thriving in Aotearoa. It is about understanding power relations and having access to resources and opportunities. Addressing inequity requires deeply understanding its origins, recognising many voices, and questioning the false and unfounded assumptions which underpin bias, racism, discrimination, and that contribute to power imbalances. It is also about respecting and learning from different ways of perceiving, engaging and responding to the world.
This is the kaupapa for uLearn21.
It can be easy to get lost in the system and become disconnected from just how important you are in it. Before you can support others to thrive, it is vital to understand and value your own identity, and the potential you have to enact change.
Evidence shows us that when values such as manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, kaitiakitanga, and kotahitanga are present, whole communities thrive. When educational communities nurture these values, the power of what is possible is amplified.
Our cultures directly impact our learning environments and the people in and around them. By acting with intention, we can create environments in which people thrive through knowing they are seen, belong, and are valued.
We seek to ensure future generations will thrive, and to evolve all learning communities into more visionary, vibrant, and impactful environments. Solutions need to be built for today’s compatibility and tomorrow’s possibility.