Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to Connecting Education & Communities (CEC).

CEC works with innovative, locally-led initiatives that are focussed on disrupting disadvantage by addressing the connections between communities and education.

We seek to support communities and whanau in their engagement with the education system by:

  • fostering an environment that sets high expectations of educational achievement;
  • facilitating consensus among groups with an interest in education in the community;
  • facilitating the development of shared education goals across the community;
  • encouraging the development of positive learning relationships across the community;
  • supporting the development of advocacy services for families and communities; and
  • advocating for communities to be recognised as important partners in improving education.
 

The CEC Communities

Through the Connecting Education and Communities programme, the J R McKenzie Trust supports communities to build whānau and community engagement in education, supporting better educational outcomes for disadvantaged children.

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Te Hā o Mātauranga, Learning in Kaikōura is a place and a plan designed to foster and encourage learning in Kaikōura.

Our dream is to create a “go to” place for Kaikōura residents who want to learn. A place that will promote opportunities, promote conversation around education and allow space for families to explore together how best to support their aspirations.

Creating Opportunities

We want to facilitate and encourage agencies and individuals to offer learning experiences to Kaikōura, and support people to take up these opportunities. As an outcome, we aim for our families and community to be able to make choices with confidence and optimism.

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Muaūpoko Tribal Authority will focus on affirming the culture and identity of the iwi.

The long-term goals of the CEC project are to ensure that Muaūpoko identity, assets and environment are protected, iwi, hapū, marae are empowered and Muaūpoko economic wealth, health, culture and social well being are enhanced.

Creating a curriculum

The group plan to identify and record Muaūpoko moteatea, waiata, stories, games, legends, art & design and sites of significance in order to create a uniquely Muaūpoko curriculum. They believe this will contribute to accelerated achievement for tamariki and rangatahi who are well supported and strong in their Muaūpoko identity,

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The Ranui CEC project is working intensively with local women who are major influencers in their whanau and community.

The long-term goals of the CEC project are to ensure that Muaūpoko identity, assets and environment are protected, iwi, hapū, marae are empowered and Muaūpoko economic wealth, health, culture and social well being are enhanced.

The Ranui project aims to empower local women and their whanau and communities through coaching and mentoring, with a focus on creating and affirming cultural identity, relationships and connections, skills and knowledge and contribution.

Their vision is for empowered families with strength and pride in their identity who can confidently face the future.

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The WLCT project is a community development project with education as its core focus, where communities design programmes, projects and activities that strengthen their knowledge, understanding, skills and resilience.

The aim of the Whanganui project is for whanau to have increased capacity for self-determination to connect through and with education in their communities, improving educational outcomes and well-being for the whole of whanau.

Community development

The project uses a community development approach in order to support participants to express their own educational needs, engage actively with formal education providers and have the confidence to impress these needs upon educational agencies and providers and lift educational achievement for themselves and their whanau.

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Contact CEC

To find out more about Connecting Education and Communities, contact the J R McKenzie Trust:

Email: info@jrmckenzie.org.nz
Phone: (04) 472 8876

Postal address:
J R McKenzie Trust
P O Box 10 006
Wellington 6143
New Zealand