Media Release February 13th, 2008
From NZEI Te Riu Roa For use February 13th
New Social Initiatives Welcomed To Support Children’s Participation In Learning
NZEI has welcomed initiatives announced in the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday, including the housing affordability package, the roll out of the B4 School checks, the new financing scheme for NGOs working with families and children, and waste minimisation, clean water and energy sustainability programmes.
“Wider social, economic and environmental policies that encourage and support children are vital if they are to be active participants in learning,” NZEI President Frances Nelson says. “If children have health issues that are undetected, live in inadequate and transitory housing and their families are unsupported in crises, then they won’t learn to their full potential. Investing in the health and well-being of children is a direct investment in the future of our society.”