It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks
Into his 80’s now, Arnold is a real handyman round the Dementia Canterbury premises and regularly volunteers to help with a wide variety of their client activities; for example, assisting at Bunnings twice a month where they run DIY activity sessions for those living with dementia. Through this volunteer work, Arnold discovered that his lack of skill with computers prevented him from helping with the South Library ‘Life Stories’ project. Undaunted, he promptly enrolled to complete his own Life Story so that he could upgrade and improve his computer skills. And he has now nearly completed his life history.
Arnold was delighted to receive the award that recognised both his learning journey and also his willingness to pass on his learning and positive attitude to others. He is an outstanding adult learner and role model for the benefits of continuing education.
Learning as an adult works!
Arnold received his award as part of Adult Learners Week / He Tangata Matauranga celebrations 2017. Risingholme Community Centre and Hagley Adult Literacy Centre hosted an award ceremony, supported by Ako Aotearoa, ACE Aotearoa and the ACE Forum Christchurch, to recognise outstanding adult learners and exceptional adult educators from amongst the Adult and Community Education providers in Christchurch. Over 70 students, staff, friends and family attended this award ceremony held at Hagley College on Wednesday September 6 where 26 certificates that recognised learner achievement were awarded.
It was fitting that two outstanding and long-serving ACE educators – Ann-Marie Rose of Hagley Adult Literacy Centre and Carolyn Coghlan of Risingholme Community Centre - were also recognised for the quality of their work.Find out more about the Tertiary teaching Excellence Awards 2017
Learners whose achievements were recognised came from a variety of ACE providers in Christchurch, including Risingholme Community Centre, Literacy Christchurch, Hagley Adult Literacy Centre, Dementia Canterbury and Christchurch City Libraries. The learner’s achievements were in the areas of:
- Language learning – English, German
- Literacy and numeracy – leading to NCEA and employment opportunities
- Speaking and writing - English
- Computing and technology skills – including animation
There is something available for you in your community
There is a vast array of classes available for adults in our communities which not only provide knowledge and skills that can open pathways to new interests, careers and jobs, but also provide the opportunity to establish friendships. Should you be interested/curious about this opportunity a good place to start looking is what is offered through the local High School, Risingholme Community Centre, Hagley College, Library or at other Adult and Community Education Providers that are part of the ACE Forum Chch https://www.facebook.com/Adult-and-Community-Education-Forum-Christchurch-1731971657030918/
Arnold Davidson, Outstanding Adult Learner Award winner 2017 with Neil Andersen, Southern Hub Regional Manager, Ako Aotearoa.