Creating success stories

by Amy Adams

Success stories like Rocket Lab, Weta Workshop and Team New Zealand show that New Zealanders have the creativity, the talent and the determination to compete with the big players on the world stage.

Part of the role of being in government is about making forward-looking decisions that will prepare our country, and the next generation for the decades to come.

This Government is ambitious for the next generation and our digital learning approach is about continuing to support an innovative education system that fosters innovative minds.

Recently, we announced the biggest change to the school curriculum in 10 years — a change that will help New Zealand’s young people build the skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century.

At the forefront of this change is the need for our children to be digitally fluent.

When we talk about digital fluency, we don’t just mean being able to use technology effectively. Digital fluency is about having the skills and knowledge to become innovative creators of new digital technology.

The new curriculum will see all young people from years one to 10 taking part in digital learning. Meanwhile, new achievement standards will be developed for NCEA to help older students acquire specialised skills already in high demand by employers.

To support the introduction of the proposed curriculum changes, the Government will invest around $40 million over three years to help upskill our teachers, develop new digital learning resources, and extend online exam trials.

This will also fund other initiatives aimed at getting more young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, involved in digital innovation.

We’re delivering the changes we need to future-proof our education system so that the next generation of young Kiwis are well-equipped to deliver more of the innovative thinking we’re known for around the world.