Literacy and Numeracy for Adults website
The website presents quality information and resources to support those engaged in strengthening the literacy and numeracy of adults in New Zealand. Created by the University of Waikato as part of its work to establish a National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults which is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission.
Commissioned by The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua, to support the professional development of educators and other professionals involved in the delivery of literacy and numeracy education for adults. It is intended as a Professional Learning Hub that extends and complements the work of the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults. It supports and provides a gateway to other initiatives within the TEC’s literacy and numeracy infrastructure including:
- The Assessment Tool
- Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
- Pathways Awarua
New Zealand’s approach to improving literacy and numeracy levels for adults
In 2006, New Zealand and other countries participated in the international Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) and the results indicated that 1.1 million New Zealanders (43 percent of the adults aged 16–65) have literacy and numeracy skills below those needed to participate fully in a knowledge society (over 80 percent of these people are in work).
A key mechanism for addressing adult literacy and numeracy, and a key component of the government’s strategy, is to embedliteracy and numeracy education in foundation level provision. This means that courses and qualifications include teaching the literacy and numeracy skills needed for the New Zealand workplaces and for specific industries. This research-based embedded approach allows literacy and numeracy training to be contextualised, and therefore relevant and accessible to learners.
ma to ora ka mohio. through life there is learning!