Al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion of­fice opens

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Whaioro Trust has opened a new of­fice on Levin’s Queen Street from where its Te Ata Kura pro­gramme will be run.

Te Ata Kura is an al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme help­ing col­lege stu­dents, aged 13-15, who aren’t quite cop­ing in main­stream ed­u­ca­tion.

This pro­gramme in­cludes al­co­hol and drugs coun­selling.

“Coun­sel­lors walk along­side ran­gatahi to pro­mote aware­ness,” said CEO Kelly Be­van.

“They get cred­its for this too.” “The aim is to guide them back to ei­ther school, into work or some form of train­ing. They each get a learn­ing plan that iden­ti­fies their strengths and weak­nesses and that guides them to some­where to go to.”

They also learn ba­sic life skills and pro­vided with tools to man­age their be­hav­iour.

“How long they spend with us de­pends on how old they are when they get here. Usu­ally it is any­where from six months to two terms.”

The pro­gramme has been go­ing for two years now and has a con­ser­va­tion as­pect. Since Whaioro is a Ma¯ ori provider, cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port is cru­cial. “For us as staff Te Atata Kura means ev­ery­day there is a new op­por­tu­nity,” said Kelly.

Stu­dents from all three col­leges are re­ferred to Te Ata Kura.

Principals from all three were present at the of­fi­cial open­ing and bless­ing of the new of­fices.

Find both Whaioro Trust and Te Ata Kura at 592 Queen Street in Levin.

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