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Educating adults is about more than just showing up with a lesson plan, marking the attendance register, running a class and going home to mark assessments.

Adult educators play a vital role in our communities. They help develop people’s confidence and capabilities in a range of areas and it’s the responsibility of those who train adult educators to ensure they have the tools to do the job.

He Puāwai caters for current adult educators seeking a recognised adult education qualification. It suits people working with adults in vocational, workplace, community-based or tertiary settings who are interested in being a more responsive educator.

Our tauira explore the implications this has for learning styles and effective learning environments, while reflecting on their practice.

At Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, we take a Kaupapa Wānanga approach to education. This allows our students to flourish in a welcoming and supportive learning environment and become outstanding adult educators.

Kaupapa Wānanga is our unique way of being and of doing things and helps us consider all we do in relation to its four takepū (applied principles) of kaitiakitanga, āhurutanga, koha and mauri ora.

Kaitiakitanga – communication, facilitation and teaching strategies for responding to diverse learners

Āhurutanga – creating inclusive and inviting learning environments

Koha – designing, delivering and evaluating lessons

Mauri ora – being a reflective practitioner.

These takepū are deep and rich with multiple layers of meaning.

Kaupapa Wānanga is life principles in practice and we apply them in our wānanga spaces, where they help us to operate as a collective.

It encourages us to strive for balance (a state of mauri ora) within our lives and our working relationships and to contribute towards mauri ora through institution-wide endeavours and external stakeholder relationships.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa views kaitiakitanga, āhurutanga and koha as key elements that contribute to the success of these endeavours.

By choosing to become an adult educator with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, you will be welcomed and supported as you learn the skills to help inform your practice and empower others.

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