Pataka wins $50k to help kids
Pataka has won a government contract worth more than $50,000 to help children learn outside the classroom. National MP Hekia Parata, who will contest the Mana electorate at the upcoming election, was thrilled with the decision, saying Pataka is ‘‘a wonderful facility’’ children will benefit from visiting. ‘‘The Ministry of Education awards Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom contracts to organisations, such as Pataka, to help subsidise the cost of students visiting. It is a great opportunity for children to get hands-on, real-life educational experiences that will boost their learning and help them develop new interests and skills.’’ More than 450,000 students are taking part in LEOTC visits nationwide this year, with the support of the Government’s annual investment of about $5 million. The successful providers offer a range of learning experiences, from museums and art galleries to performing arts, media production and environmental education.