The growth of positive learning relationships in communities is integral to the goals of CEC. Our groups have told us that their CEC projects have influenced the families, whānau, children in their communities to raise their expectations as to how they should be treated by different groups and agencies.
Because of CEC, whānau can use their voice and be heard and explore things that matter to them. Providers are starting to recognise the power in whānau voice, they are listening, taking notice and changing things because of it. We heard about more awareness in the CEC communities of a more community-centric way of working.
Lots of providers or people are starting to come to our CEC groups because they seeing lots of opportunities to participate. There are more open conversations about education going on in communities and with providers. Some of our CEC groups are challenging others to think outside the box and giving them the information and skills to do that.
Whānau are being offered a different version of education and success rather than the one (academic results) that are always pedalled to them. Through CEC they are seeing that success in education is not only achievement, it is also being able to self determine what is important to you and get there yourself. Communities are in a better position to define what success means to them. Because of that, our CEC groups tell us that mana is being given back to whanau.