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An update on the Education Conversation 2018

LIANZA President-Elect Paula Eskett and Executive Director Ana Pickering participated in the first Education Summit last weekend in Christchurch. Working with diverse groups of people to consider some key challenges for the future of education was a highlight… talking one moment with a mathematics university lecturer, the next talking with a rural principal, a high-school student, a parent of a child with autism, kohanga reo teacher, social entrepreneur … wow! 


Education Minister Chris Hipkins opened the summit saying, "Bringing you here together to help co-design a common vision for the future of education and learning in New Zealand is a once in a lifetime opportunity". An opportunity that people took advantage of, forming groups, tackling big questions, finding connections and challenging each other’s thinking over many, many hours throughout the weekend. The process felt genuine and democratic with many members of the Minister ’s advisory group were visible throughout the weekend as speakers and participants in discussion groups. Ana worked alongside a member of the advisory group, Marian Hobbs, former Minister of National Library and Archives New Zealand, who was delighted to know LIANZA is involved in this education conversation on behalf of the library sector.

LIANZA involvement continues this weekend, with President Louise LaHatte attending the second summit in Auckland. It is fantastic to share the role of libraries in such an amazing forum. Help LIANZA share the important work of all librarians by joining the conversation about education Add your library voice to the 8,500 people who have already shared their opinion on a vision for education. #edconvo18


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