Porirua Education Summit
Where: New Zealand Community Trust Stadium, Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua.
When: Friday 14 June 2013, 8.30am – 3pm
What was the Summit?
The Porirua Education Summit was a chance for Porirua’s leaders to consider what is happening to help children in Porirua become successful adults – and what else needs to happen.
Who is led the Summit?
The Summit was convened by the Education Summit Group, a sub-committee of communities and organisations establishing the SHINE initiative: the community coming together, realizing the potential of children in the Porirua Basin. It is supported by contributions from the Todd Foundation and the Porirua City Council.
Who came to the Summit?
Invitations were extended to community leaders from across Porirua’s social, educational, ethnic, economic and political landscape. Many groups had fed in their ideas for the Summit and will continue to be involved through the SHINE initiative.
Why was the Summit needed?
Education is the key to improving employment prospects, raising productivity, and building strong families and communities. Children in Porirua are getting a good deal from their schools but schools alone cannot provide all the opportunities children need. Many groups and resources are available to help but they are not always well connected to the children who need them most.
What’s happened at the Summit?
The Summit gave leaders a chance to think and talk together about how they can work more effectively to achieve the shared goals of helping children realise their full potential.
Presentations from Dr Cathy Wylie, Chief Researcher from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, and Pat Snedden, Chair of the Manaiakalani Trust in Tamaki illuminated possible solutions and provided stimulus for discussion. Leaders began to draft the changes possible that could be picked up and supported by the SHINE initiative in the short to medium term.
What did it hope to achieve?
The Summit will help shape a programme of work for SHINE and for participating organisations to work more effectively towards shared goals. Outputs from the Summit will be reported to the Porirua community and progress monitored and evaluated. It was not simply a ‘talk fest’.