A feature of the Adult Learners Week - He Tangata Mātauranga (September 7-13, 2015) - was recognition by the Christchurch ACE Forum of the achievement of learners through the presentation of ‘Outstanding Adult Learner Award” certificates at an Ako Aotearoa Southern Hub sponsored function.
A total of 13 certificates were presented at an evening social function on Wednesday September 9 at Risingholme Community Centre to students nominated by ACE organisations. Five more awards were presented by post as the learners were unable to attend the.
Wide range of learning contexts represented in awards.
Students from a wide range of learning contexts including, amongst others, Adult Literacy, Dressmaking, ESOL, High Voltage Electrical engineering, Te Reo Māori, and watercolour instruction, received the awards and were supported by family, friends, staff from the ACE organisations and supporters of ACE activities in Christchurch. One of the recipients of the ‘Outstanding Adult Learner Award’ was Pabitra Biswa. She was nominated by English Language Partners Christchurch and her citation read:
Pabitra Biswa is an adult Bhutanese learner enrolled at Living Well in Christchurch (LWiC), an ESOL-Literacy class run by English Language Partners, Christchurch. Pabitra started as an ESOL-Literacy learner in 2012 after arriving in New Zealand as a Refugee from Nepal where she lived in a Refugee Camp for 17 years. When Pabitra enrolled at LWiC, she was part of the lower group within the Advanced Class. It soon became obvious that she was a very keen and enthusiastic learner who wanted to do extra practice at home. Within a short time, she was writing longer and more complex sentences in her daily writing journal and initiating conversations with her teacher. Moreover, on her own initiative, she regularly phoned her teacher in the evening so she could practise her speaking. Pabitra is now in the advanced group in the class. One of her outstanding attributes is her willingness and desire to help other learners. She has wonderful people skills, and is very patient with those learners who find learning a challenge. Her sense of humour contributes to a nice atmosphere in class.
Award ceremony to become an annual Christchurch ACE Forum event
This event clearly reflects the Ako Aotearoa focus of ‘the best possible educational outcomes for all learners.’ Since the earthquakes the ACE sector has not celebrated learners’ achievements as it used to previously and it is hoped that this ceremony will become an annual event in the Christchurch ACE Forum calendar.