Sunday, 23 May 2010

More news from New Zealand

A CE-country to be watched

From the New Zealand Foundation for Conductive Education, National Co-ordinator Dave Ching writes with further news –

NZFCE & NZCA had a very successful AGM and Seminar in Auckland on the 6th & 7th May. The conductors stayed on over the weekend for a series of working parties. I have attached a set of reports that were presented at the NZFCE AGM. Also the Conductors' Assoc. set of Professional Standards....

All centres are carrying out a variety of activities this week, Conductive Education Awareness Week. They are holding Open Days, promotions in city malls, fun activity days with invited guests etc. We have provided all facilities with a number of promotional resources: multiple copies of a promotional DVD, suitably inscribed wrist bands, pens, coffee mugs, balloons & sets of posters. Each facility is tasked with as wide a distribution of these as possible within their local areas, targeting Government agencies, other service providers for the disabled and the general public. As usual it is difficult to attract media interest but we have achieved publicity in local papers.

We held a promotional evening in Gisborne a city that does not have a facility and which attracted over 40 persons....

Kind Regards

Dave Ching

The Professional Standards document from the New Zealand Conductors Association is very interesting. Note that it involves 'professional standards' rather than a code of this or that. I do hope that the NZCA can publish it on line so that the wider world of Conductive Education might benefit from the example.

As for the reports from all the centres, can you imagine all the CE-services in any other English-speaking county (or many others either) turning for at a national meet, and reporting there of their provision? In fact, can you imagine the extraordinary divergence of practices that such an event if it ever happened would bring together under the supposedly unifying 'Conductive Education' rubric? Can you imaging an organisation of employers and employees acting in such concert

What is the 'ingredient x' that the Kiwis have brought so successfully to the table?

The following, by the way, is presumably, is one of the local newspaper stories that Dave mentions:

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