Sabtuan Adult Education Services in partnership with Cree Human Resources Development (CHRD) launched the first phase of its Adult Learning Needs Assessment February 6, 2019. The goal is to survey as many community members and businesses of Eeyou Eenou Istchee as possible to better understand their needs in terms of adult education, training and employment.
"The idea is to gather as much data as possible from community members," says Sabtuan Adult Education Services Director Nian Matoush. "The data will then steer us as we develop a plan that responds to local and regional needs.
The partnership between CHRD and SAES along with the "community first" approach will make this a truly comprehensive assessment, Matoush added. The Cree School Board (SAES) will consult with various education partners and members of each community, while CHRD will conduct the Cree Employment Needs Assessment (CENA) and interview employers.
Combining their distinct consultations and considering each community individually is a new approach for SAES and CHRD. The organizations hope that by working together on the Adult Learning Needs Assessment (ALNA), they will be better equipped to support capacity building across Eeyou Eenou Istchee.
Cree School Board Director General Abraham Jolly said the survey partnership is a concrete way to deliver on the CSB's 2016-2021 Strategic Action Plan.
“Educational Success is a key area of focus for us. In order to offer quality instruction and culturally relevant learning experiences, we need to ensure the pathways, programs, and partnerships of our three pedagogical sectors, including SAES, adequately reflect the needs of all students”.
The survey will be conducted in Mistissini first, and repeated in each of the Cree Nation communities.