Mutually Reinforcing Activities

The Collective Impact process is based on mutually reinforcing activities that support the common agenda by contributing to improvement assessed using shared measurements of success. At present the Shine initiative is focused on three phases of formal education:

  • Beginning at primary school, particularly learning to write and read
  • Preparing for secondary school, particularly acquiring digital literacy
  • Leaving secondary school, particularly providing opportunities for either employment or further education

Each of these themes is to become a field of cooperation involving many contributors. At present there are projects or sets of activity in each area acting as catalysts for further development. These are listed below with links to descriptions of recent activity. The overall objective is to integrate activities at each phase. For example, the contribution of the Social Sector Trial and other publicly funded programmes to school readiness and the health of young people.   

The Shine Porirua Literacy Project

The current Project Overview was completed in June ProjectOverview. About 20 schools across the city agreed to participate in this project. The programme is being carefully evaluated by Massey University Institute of Education. Data gathering began in May 2014. Keep reading >>

A child’s early years are critical for laying the foundations for later success. A number of international studies have shown that children who have not successfully learned to read and write by the age of 8, rarely catch up to their more successful peers, even with the introduction of intervention programmes. Keep reading >>

The interim results after 16-18 weeks are available here.

The Digital Enablement Project

In Term One four schools offered parents and children in Year 4 an opportunity to use Chrome Netbooks as a basic learning tool. More schools joined the project in Term Two. Keep reading >>

e-Learning Porirua Trust continues to make significant progress in the goal to close the digital divide. In 2016 they will 'hit the jackpot' by having trained 2,000 families in Porirua. Read the story of progress and the latest statistics here.

Following an analysis of the latest census figures, e-Learning reports that there is a mis-match between families who do or do not have internet access and those who do or do not have access to a computer. They estimate that up to 3,000 homes in Porirua City do not have a computer and approxomately 8,000-10,000 children are missing out on real educational opportunities. You can see the analysis here.

Opportunities for Young People

The Mayor and Council are supporting the development of key partnerships that include Whitireia NZ, secondary school Boards of Trustees and employers. Keep reading >>

Backbone Functions

Collective impact processes are based on 'backbone' functions that maintain a focus on the agenda, monitor and interpret shared measurements, and maintain ongoing communication. Keep reading >>

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