Com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion de­fend­ers march­ing down Queen St

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.stop­night­class­ nz or email classnz@gmail. com.

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