A key part of our role is advocating on issues, opportunities and challenges for education and skills in Auckland. We often engage with the local media to advocate for these issues, as do our many project partners and stakeholders.

Shirley Johnson, COMET Auckland’s Skills Manager, talked to Radio Waatea about the Science in Society contract, which will be a great opportunity to engage communities with science.

COMET Auckland’s Chief Executive, Susan Warren, discussed the impacts that New Zealand’s increasing economic disparities, as revealed in recent school decile data, will have on education – where some children don’t have room to relax, learn and study, and how insecure housing causes disruptions in a child’s learning. Susan also discussed our Auckland Languages Strategy, and how this policy will support language diversity in Auckland.

As the programme owner for Whānau Ara Mua, we were delighted to work with Sunday News, which did a great feature on Ariana Timu, a recent graduate of the family learning course. In the article, Ariana explains how developing her literacy and math skills has improved her confidence in the home, fostering stronger relationships with her children.

Please check out the links below for some of the interviews and articles on important education and skills topics:

To access this article, or to read about more of the projects we are involved in, please click here to check out the full May 2015 Newsletter.


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