Chris Liddell, our Chair talks to NZ Herald’s Education Reporter about Manaiakalani Outreach and the NEXT Foundation’s commitment to people who are innovative and are trying different approaches in education.
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When kids turn up for their first day at the cluster of low-decile schools in Auckland known as Manaiakalani, it’s likely they wont be able to count to 10. They won’t recognise their names. They won’t know colours or shapes, or any of the other basics 5-year-olds are expected to know when they start.
“What that means,” says Pat Snedden, chairman of the Manaiakalani Education Trust, “is that in the course of their life at primary, we have to accelerate their learning at 1.5 times the normal rate to have them ready for secondary school.”
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