Selwyn Community Education in Kohimarama is experiencing a significant increase in people signing up for their more than 500 short courses.
“Our bus tours to Gibbs Sculpture Farm have been really popular,” says Anne Cave, director of SCE. “We have also introduced a series of free lectures — ‘Think Talks’—on a wide range of topics including current research or social and environmental issues.”
Anne adds that more and more young people are attending courses becasue they are tired of being in front of a screen all day and come along to enjoy the social interaction and the time to learn something new. There has also been a recent increase in men attending courses, particularly cooking and art.
“We promote our courses and talks via our website which allows us to be spontaneous and respond quickly to new trends or community requests,” Anne says. “We also like to promote topics that encourage inclusiveness and acceptance of diversity such as our recent addition, ‘Introduction to Islam’. We also run travel talks and weekend intensives in Italian and French, such as ‘When in Rome’, for the ever-growing number of travelers.”
With more than 10 choices on offer, language learning remains popular, as does technology, fitness, art and cooking. The August Writing Weekend, with noted presenters like Stephanie Johnson, Melinda Szymanik, Susanna Andrew and Lindsey Dawson, will cater for writers.
Anyone wanting to broaden their horizons and develop their knowledge will certainly find something of interest.