Wednesday, August 19, 2020

NEXT: A seamless switch to home learning

The Next Foundation has been a generous supporter of the Manaiakalani Programme for a number of years and this month produced a publication that included positive stories to emerge from our schools, ‘Rising to the Challenge, Stories from the Covid-19 Crisis’.

Term two has been a crash course in home learning for many New Zealand students and parents – but a group of schools from some of our most challenged communities have made the switch with ease

“The digital world is the world of our young people, but the key component is not a device, it is a teacher who knows how to teach and knows how to make connections with children and young people,” says Burt. 


“The kids are enjoying home learning. We are getting surprising numbers of children turning up to class with over 50% joining the video chats, even during the school holidays. And the cool thing we are discovering is that a lot of whānau are listening in too.” 

Supporting their children’s learning through the lockdown illustrates the high degree of engagement in the programme from Manaiakalani families. 

Read more on the Next Foundation website