A pilot programme will address the literacy and numeracy needs of children in West and South Auckland. The service targets Māori children but is open to all.
Te Kete Aronui after-school programme addresses the specific needs of tamariki in years 1-8 of low-decile schools. Its initial goal is to provide literacy and numeracy activities to at least 100 tamariki, during terms two to four of the 2019 school year.
The aims of Te Kete Aronui are not only that tamariki demonstrate increased literacy and numeracy skills, but also that they show increased engagement in learning.
“Alongside improvements in their reading, writing and math skills, we expect the kids to develop a greater willingness to interact with teachers and have more conversations around their education and learning,” said John Tamihere, CEO of Te Whānau o Waipareira.
The programme will assess the initial literacy and numeracy strengths, needs and aspirations of tamariki, before developing plans to achieve set goals.
The tamariki will be assessed from term to term to ensure that their plans stay up to date.
If the service proves to be successful, it will be rolled out to the Waikato and Wellington regions.
The programme receives funding from Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust – set up under the Māori Fisheries Act – and stems from a contract between original programme developers Te Whānau o Waipareira and the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (previously known as Te Pou Matakana).
In a recent interview with Radio Waatea, the new chair of Te Pūtea Whakatupu, Kate Cherrington, spoke of her enthusiasm for the trust’s settlement money being used to improve the skills of young Māori, as well as her gratitude for the commissioning agency’s expertise in connecting with the community.