Community education defenders marching down Queen St
Supporters of adult community education will take to the streets for a protest march this weekend.
The government decision to cut 80 percent of the scheme’s national funding next year, from $16 million to $3m, has prompted the action.
At a public meeting held at Western Springs College last month, more than 100 people listened to speakers tell how community education changed lives.
Organiser Bridget Klubein says the gathering wanted the government to recognise it is more than just “hobby courses” that will be lost.
“Many people spoke of how community education changes lives, by leading students into further education, by protecting them from isolation and by relieving them of stress,” she says.
“But these cuts mean that night classes, as we know them, will cease to exist from next year.”
A public meeting was also held at Mt Roskill Intermediate on Monday night in preparation for the weekend’s march.
It was attended by local adult education co-ordinators from Auckland Community Learning Centre, Mt Albert Grammar School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Onehunga High School, One Tree Hill College and Western Springs College.
The march is open to anyone and will start outside the Auckland Town Hall at noon before making its way down Queen St to Britomart.
For more information go to www.stopnightclasscuts.org. nz or email classnz@gmail. com.