The CEC communities are self-determining. They set their own vision, and work to their own plans timelines. We work this way because we believe that by building the capacity of funded groups to develop shared educational goals within their communities is more likely to lead to community members taking ownership of the educational achievement of every child in that community.
Groups told us that the JR McKenzie Trust enables their self-determination in these ways:
They are given the freedom to take hold of CEC, to give it shape, to be able to respond to the needs of their communities.
They are given time and space which allows for relationships to form, it allows time for people to think through things, to get beyond the "have I got a solution for you" through to “what was my problem”.
CEC doesn't come with a solution, and communities are not required to start with a solution. This allows people and groups to find their values and operate off their value base.
Having the support of the JR McKenzie team builds trust, and trust builds confidence. And from confidence, comes credibility. All the CEC groups have grown in their ability to stand and engage with the world in their own right.
We problem solve together, we value each other, we are positive, we build rather than destroy. We are developing a model of partnership which is based not on resource and money but on how we value each other and how we value the contributions we bring to the partnership.