School for teen mums con­firmed

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato Teen Par­ent Unit has been given the go-ahead by the Govern­ment, af­ter 18 months of lob­by­ing by the Toko­roa com­mu­nity.

The unit’s steer­ing com­mit­tee re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion late last year from Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Anne Tol­ley that she had ap­proved the es­tab­lish­ment of a teen par­ent unit in Toko­roa.

‘‘The unit is long over­due in our com­mu­nity,’’ steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Ann Vosper said.

‘‘The young par­ents can now get on with their ed­u­ca­tion in or­der to gain qualifications.

‘‘The long-term goal is hav­ing bet­ter paid jobs in or­der to sup­port them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

‘‘The out­come of our unit will be healthy, hap­pier in­di­vid­u­als thereby strength­en­ing our com­mu­nity.’’

Toko­roa High School will be the host school and will man­age the unit with the sup­port of For­est View High School and so­cial ser­vices such as Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust, Plun­ket and Sal­va­tion Army.

The steer­ing com­mit­tee was grate­ful to MPs Trevor Mal­lard, Louise Up­ston, Tar­i­ana Turia and Sue Moroney for their sup­port in gain­ing ap­proval for the Teen Par­ent Unit, Mrs Vosper said.

The unit will start in the first term of this year, in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Toko­roa High School has class­rooms that the teen par­ents will use while wait­ing for the new unit to be com­pleted, which may take up to six months.

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