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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin

Ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama

At the glimmer of dawn, to the fullness of the day"

This website has been 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). Find out more about ALL.

A key mechanism for addressing adult literacy and numeracy, and a key component of the government’s strategy, is to embed literacy 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 te mohio ka ora: Through learning there is life:
ma to ora ka mohio. through life there is learning!




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