Unlocking the key to success

Jane Vial, Site Coordinator presents a letter of congratulations to award winner Marietta Toma-Esau
Wednesday Sun Blenheim Marlborough, 13 October 2021

Literacy Aotearoa Blenheim at Criterion Lane, one of over 35 Literacy Aotearoa sites around the country, specialise in adult education.

Their qualified tutors deliver a range of programmes for adults in the community and in work places.

The goal is to help adults get the essential skills they need to succeed in life – sometimes this is helping some get their learner licence, in other cases it is teaching a range of skills to help someone enter full time study or a job/career.

Reading, writing, spelling and maths are a big part of it but there are a lot of other programmes on offer also: two progammes in Term 4 starting October 18 are Financing My Future and Work Ready: Road to Employment.

Earlier this year Literacy Aotearoa, Blenheim won a Ministry of Pacific Peoples contract to deliver a career focussed programme aimed at Pasifika in Marlborough to help people enter full time study or work.


Marietta’s story

One of our Tupu Aotearoa students, Marietta Toma-Esu, took part in this programme and excelled.

Mariertta has been accepted into Literacy Aotearoa’s New Zealand Certificate in Adult Tertiary Teaching, Level 4 tutor training programme and is on the path to being a professional tutor.

She was also awarded the Pt Robbins Zonta Scholarship for 2021.

Marietta came to New Zealand to Porirua in 2018, had children and then came to Blenheim where her husband was in seasonal work.

They expanded the family and Marietta had the responsibility of running the household and doing everything that needed English.

But it was a challenge for her – isolated in a strange country and town.

Marietta took it upon herself to get help with her literacy and numeracy and then went on to her Learner Licence through Literacy Aotearoa.

She had alwaus wanted to be a teacher but lacked confidence in her English and her study abilities.

She enrolled in the Tupu Aotearoa programme and the work she did meant she was eligible to enter tutor training and official tart working towards an adult teaching qualification.

Marietta’s story is a great model for anyone chasing a goal – keep working at it, do not be put off, seek out people and groups who can help you, and keep making the most of opportunities to grow and chase your goal.

See the full Wednesday Sun Blenheim Marlborugh article here (page 16)


Contact us now

We welcome the opportunity to talanoa with you about our ‘Tupu Aotearoa Work Readiness Programme’.

Call us now on 0800 678 910 or email admin@literacy.org.nz and together let’s make your aspirations come true.