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Overview

ARAS - Adult Reading Assistance Scheme (Christchurch) Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation which provides adult literacy and numeracy assistance on a one-to-one and/or small group basis, at no direct cost to the student, and without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, beliefs, socio-economic level, class or culture.

ARAS trains a pool of volunteer tutors to work with adult students on a one-to-one basis to assist them to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. Currently ARAS has 60 trained tutors and is assisting approximately 150 students. Tutoring is student-focussed, with sessions tailored to the appropriate learning styles and goals of each student. Tutors are matched carefully with students to provide the best possible outcomes for the student. 

Mission

To assist self-motivated adults with reading, writing, numeracy and other essential learning in order to empower them to achieve independence, attain their goals and fulfill their potential.

ARAS believes that...

  • everyone has the right to be able to read and write
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  • you can't teach anyone anything...you can only facilitate learning
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  • students set their own goals
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  • there is no universal method - anything that works is right
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  • each student learns best at her/his own pace and learning style
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  • tutors build on what the student already knows
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  • tutors help students discover the best ways for themselves to learn
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  • success is the learner's best reward
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  • students are encouraged to be independent, and given the freedom to
          make their own decisions about their learning , goals and methods
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  • there is no magic - it takes hard work from tutor and student
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  • adult students have a lot to contribute; tutors should use this fact to its full potential




What Others Say

“If I see a new book, I now feel confident enough to buy it and sit down and read it. Whereas before I couldn't read it, let alone pronounce the words, I now have a love and passion to discover new words ... I don't give up. Reading is the key knowledge to everything"   Michael             

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Find Us

81 Buchan St med
81 Buchan Street
Sydenham
Christchurch
Ph: 03 366 9479
Email:    aras.ch@xtra.co.nz
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