The Connecting Education and Communities project is guided by 6 pou (pillars), which refer to our principles of practice, which are outlined in our Theory of Change. They are:
A strong vision
Active and authentic participation
Self determining communities
These pou guide our practice; they define the ways in which we work with each of the six CEC communities, and in turn they help to outline our expectations of they ways in which we would like to see the CEC groups work with their communities.
Our first pou is a strong vision. We believe that if we keep our vision front and centre of our decision-making and funding activities then we are more likely to see interaction and collaboration between partners who share our vision.
At our hui in November 2018 we asked our groups to feed back to us what difference it makes when they apply the 6 pou to their work. They told us:
All groups have their own vision, which is strongly linked to the JR McKenzie vision of building a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. Their vision helps them tell people what they are about, it adds to transparency and it adds to accountability back into the community for what they are doing.
Groups say sharing the vision helps them broker relationships, facilitates learning and conversations, leverages community partners, gets other people enthusiastic and keen about what they are doing.
For many, CEC is a long term project with a objective of policy change. The vision enables things such as legacy, empowerment, enabling, responsibility, advocacy, brokering.
The social justice focus of the JR McKenzie vision is important and has helped shape the work.