Funding boost recognises unique ‘floating classroom’

LEARNING AT SEA: Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced a grant of $60,000 to Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust, for the learning opportunities offered aboard Waka Hourua Tairawhiti. File picture

Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust is getting a funding boost of $60,000 which will enable more people to learn aboard the trust’s “floating classroom” Waka Hourua Tairawhiti.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins awarded the funding alongside 19 other organisations that provide students with learning experiences outside the classroom.

“As 2019 marks 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Maori and Europeans, we have selected experiences that will encourage students to inquire about our history and how it has impacted on today’s world,” Mr Hipkins said.

“The Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust is one of the successful organisations, and will give students a unique hands-on opportunity to learn about and experience Polynesian/Maori and European voyaging history.

“These kinds of learning experiences increase students’ awareness of their community and give them hugely valuable experiences that can’t be recreated in the classroom.

“The Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom initiative complements the local curriculum and supports around 500,000 students each year to participate in learning activities at zoos, museums, historic parks, art galleries, outdoor education facilities, performing arts, and virtual learning experiences.

“The experiences provide opportunities for schools and community organisations to work together to provide unique and interactive educational opportunities, and for students to further develop life skills such as collaboration, communication and problem-solving,” the Minister said.

More than $880,000 will be shared among 19 community organisations which provide experiences covering arts, health and physical education, for a three-year contract period.

This is in addition to another 54 ongoing contracts covering social sciences, languages, science, maths and technology.

The total annual amount of funding for the initiative across the curriculum is $4.9 million.

Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust is getting a funding boost of $60,000 which will enable more people to learn aboard the trust’s “floating classroom” Waka Hourua Tairawhiti.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins awarded the funding alongside 19 other organisations that provide students with learning experiences outside the classroom.

“As 2019 marks 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Maori and Europeans, we have selected experiences that will encourage students to inquire about our history and how it has impacted on today’s world,” Mr Hipkins said.

“The Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust is one of the successful organisations, and will give students a unique hands-on opportunity to learn about and experience Polynesian/Maori and European voyaging history.

“These kinds of learning experiences increase students’ awareness of their community and give them hugely valuable experiences that can’t be recreated in the classroom.

“The Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom initiative complements the local curriculum and supports around 500,000 students each year to participate in learning activities at zoos, museums, historic parks, art galleries, outdoor education facilities, performing arts, and virtual learning experiences.

“The experiences provide opportunities for schools and community organisations to work together to provide unique and interactive educational opportunities, and for students to further develop life skills such as collaboration, communication and problem-solving,” the Minister said.

More than $880,000 will be shared among 19 community organisations which provide experiences covering arts, health and physical education, for a three-year contract period.

This is in addition to another 54 ongoing contracts covering social sciences, languages, science, maths and technology.

The total annual amount of funding for the initiative across the curriculum is $4.9 million.

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