Papa Ako is for those who have made a decision to study but first want to improve their learning abilities and study skills. It is also for those who have not studied at tertiary level before. The resources and topics are broad and the programme is non-judgmental and open to all, regardless of race, gender or educational background.
What is involved?
Throughout the nine months of the programme, three kete (kits) full of learning resources such as DVDs, books and CDs, will be sent to your home. To get the most from your experience the programme will take you about 10 – 12 hours per week.
Who can enrol in Papa Ako?
Papa Ako is open to all New Zealand citizens and permanent residents aged 16 years or older and who have no tertiary qualification.
What support is offered?
You will be supported in your learning by a kaitiaki (support person). Kaitiaki are trained experienced assessors. They are highly motivated individuals who live in your region. They are approachable and non-judgmental and will visit you at a place of your convenience – your home or the local library for example. Your kaitiaki will support you and provide resources to help you from your time of enrolment to successful programme completion.
The history of Papa Ako
Papa Ako was established in 2009 by Open Wānanga following the success of its two other fee free home based part time programmes, Mahi Ora and Mauri Ora. It was established for people who want to prepare for tertiary study. Papa Ako has the same unique programme delivery, with kaitiaki (support people) providing support to tauira (students) in their own homes, which has been very successful with Open Wānanga’s other programmes. Open Wānanga is a subsidiary of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, one of the country’s largest tertiary education providers.