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$1m to engage young Kiwis in digital tech

Hon Hekia Parata

Minister of Education

11 October 2016
Media Statement

$1m to engage young Kiwis in digital tech

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced the nine successful applicants to a $1 million contestable fund for projects that will engage students in digital technologies.

“We’re funding providers who have innovative and smart projects that will capture teachers’ and students’ imagination and help them get skilled in using and developing digital technologies,” says Ms Parata.

The projects are part of a broader package of support for schools when the digital technologies curriculum content starts to be rolled out in 2018.

“It was excellent to see such a high demand for the fund, with 74 proposals from education and digital technologies providers from around the country.

“Among the successful proposals are Communities of Learning-based local projects, a project that will grow digital fluency in kura Maori, and a project that will support students to solve problems by generating digital technology solutions,” says Ms Parata.

The nine providers receiving funding are:
The Ministry of Inspiration
King’s High School in Dunedin
The Technology Hub Ltd
Core Education Ltd Tech Futures
Core Education Ltd - He Hui Matihiko a-Takiwa
University of Canterbury
Online Education Limited, working with Code Avengers
Ruapehu College
Pam Ferguson Charitable Trust, working with OMG Tech.

“These projects will support the work our Government is doing to prepare young Kiwis to successfully meet the demands of the 21st century.”

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