Young sub­mit­ters speak up

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate students are years off the vot­ing age, but made their voices heard in par­lia­ment last Wed­nes­day in a sub­mis­sion to MPs on dig­i­tal learn­ing.

Room 15 pupils He­len Oliver, 12, Jade Gib­bons-Lawrie, 12, Stephen Dy­oco, 12, and Lach­lan Pat­ter­son, 12, spoke in front of 40 MPs, jour­nal­ists and fam­ily mem­bers at a se­lect com­mit­tee hear­ing on Au­gust 15 on dig­i­tal learn­ing.

The students were in­vited to speak at the hear­ing by com­mit­tee chair­woman, MP Nikki Kaye, af­ter tweet­ing her a link to a video sub­mis­sion they made on the sub­ject.

Stephen, whose fa­ther lives in the Philippines, told MPs how the class­room’s blog helps his Dad en­gage in his learn­ing.

The students were speak­ing for all Kiwi kids, Stephen said. Learn­ing had moved be­yond black­boards and books, he said.

Af­ter their sub­mis­sion the students were given a tour by Mana MP Kris Faafoi.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Dig­i­tal age: Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate pupils Jade Gib­bons-Lawrie, He­len Oliver, Stephen Dy­oco and Lach­lan Pat­ter­son spoke to MPs in par­lia­ment last Wed­nes­day.

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