November 20, 2015

Te Ara Whanui Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Kohanga Reo o Te Atiawa Graduates biggest group for Wellington/Hutt

On the 18th November 2015, I was fortunate enough to help graduate one of the biggest groups for the Wellington/Hutt Region.

The Kura caters from Kohanga Reo level right to year 13.  Kararaina Luke (Tumuaki) and Mary McDavitt (Barnados Social Worker) worked hard to survey the kura whanau to assess the needs for the programme before Computers in Homes began.  The amount of work that these 2 had put into this research showed in the outcome of the programme.

The kura had 27 parents interested with 21 graduating.  The 6 who could not graduate have been offered to take part of the programme next year in Term 1.

The participants were parents and grand parents of student who were in the top end of the kura - year 12s & 13s.  The need for a device and internet connections would help these students research tertiary education and exam studies.

I was fortunate enough to have taught this intake and am humbled and grateful for all the friendships and learning I received from them also.

I would like to wish all the Te Ara Whanui Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Kohanga Reo o Te Atiawa Computers in Homes Graduates good luck on their journey through the digital world.

Nga mihi,

Briar Kopa

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