The first 1,000 days
Talking Matters is a campaign to promote the importance of rich communication for babies and toddlers in their first 1,000 days of life. The NEXT Foundation seed funded this initiative, and in 2018 announced an extension of funding for another two years. Talking Matters is an equity campaign – some New Zealand children start school with oral language normally expected of a three year old, and that disadvantage is a significant contributor to the educational achievement gap between poorer and more affluent children.
The first 1,000 days
Space for you and your baby is a support programme to help new parents navigate the first year with their new baby. It is a year long course run through community groups like Playcentres and Churches. The NEXT Foundation is funding the expansion of SPACE as it integrates with another family support network, Parenting Place.Link to NEXT Media Release
The Manaiakalani programme is a digital and collaborative educational initiative running in clusters of schools in low income communities across New Zealand. Its vision is to reduce inequality and ensure every New Zealand child has a good education. School children use digital devices funded by their whanau, alongside innovative teacher training and resources that are transforming teaching practice and learning outcomes for children in these communities. NEXT has invested in Manaiakalani and its Outreach programme since 2015.
Summer Learning Journey
The Summer Learning Journey is a holiday blogging programme developed to help school children maintain their writing grades over the summer holidays and help prevent the “summer slump”. Developed in a partnership between Manaiakalani teachers and the University of Auckland Woolf Fisher Research Centre, the programme is offered to children in low income communities who are part of the Manaiakalani education programme. ”Link to NEXT Media Release
Teach first NZ
Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu is an independent charitable trust working to address educational inequality and achieve the vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand in which all children fulfil their potential. The organisation supports high-achieving people to enter the education system. Specifically, they develop people into teachers and leaders, helping them to have a far-reaching impact--in the classroom, in the school, and at the system-level. Through its unique flagship, employment-based teaching and leadership programme, Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu selects high performing graduates and career-changing professionals to teach in schools serving low-income communities.
Springboard Trust develops leadership and strategic planning skills for school principals, leading to more effective management of schools and most importantly, better learning outcomes for students. Led by Ian Narev, Chair of Springboard Trust and a passionate Kiwi advocate for education for all New Zealanders, the Trust’s ‘Strategic Leadership for Principals’ programme has been completed by 150 school principals in New Zealand and plans to expand that number significantly over the next few years.Link to NEXT Media Release
The Education Hub
The Education Hub is an online resource bridging the gap between educational research and professional practice of New Zealand teachers. It was founded by academic and former teacher Dr Nina Hood. NEXT invested in the initiative in 2018, along with funding of the Bright Spots Awards, offered to teachers and schools to support the school-based design and implementation of innovative educational projects.Link to NEXT Media Release
Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru
Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru is a Rotorua district-wide initiative that uses best practice e-learning teaching methodologies and collaboration between schools to transform educational outcomes for learners and whanau across all of Rotorua’s schools and kura. NEXT invested in this initiative in 2015 – it's vision to make Rotorua “a great place to learn”.
The Mind Lab by Unitec
The Mind Lab by Unitec is dedicated to enhancing digital and collaborative learning skills for teachers in New Zealand. Technology has fundamentally changed how we communicate, share and learn. Frances Valintine, Founder and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec, pioneered a postgraduate qualification for educators that is up-skilling teachers to implement new digital and collaborative learning practices. For three years NEXT funded over 4000 teachers throughout New Zealand in the post graduate course and has also supported The Mind Lab in a new online digital passport initiative.Link to NEXT Media Release
In addition to supporting the establishment of the NEXT Foundation, Annette and Neal Plowman have initiated or supported several other major philanthropic projects, through their benefaction of a charitable trust. These include:
AUT – BUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIPS
These scholarships enable students in the Bachelor of Business to undertake international exchanges at business schools in the USA, Canada, UK and France. They offer assistance to students when financial circumstances make it difficult for them to undertake the exchange.
THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND – BUSINESS SCHOOL
Following the establishment of a Chair in Entrepreneurship in 2003, $10 million was contributed to the University of Auckland Business School Endowment Fund, which is focused on fostering a culture of innovation and enterprise in New Zealand. Funds are used to help students become outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs, to contribute to the creation of wealth through business education, and to help the School become more attractive and competitive on a global scale.