Team effort boosts education
A major three-year project will see the Manukau Institute of Technology help address student disengagement in Pacific Island schools.
MIT is working with education partners in Tonga and Samoa to encourage unresponsive students to stay in the school system for longer and to further their education through vocational pathways.
The MIT Pacific Islands Secondary Tertiary Development Project will see MIT develop and introduce a new qualification, a certificate in technical skills, in secondary schools.
Representatives from MIT have finished a series of workshops with secondary schools and partners in Tonga, who are now in the process of rolling out the programme to students.
MIT director of external relations Dr Stuart Middleton says it's a valued opportunity to help provide practical education that will benefit young people.
"At the end of the project we hope that a number of schools will be offering a trades programme that leads either to further education and training or to employment," he says.
The first workshops in Samoa will be completed in June.