Waitangi Treaty Grounds Lands New Education Contract
01 November 2016
Waitangi Treaty Grounds has secured a new three-year contract with the Ministry of Education to deliver Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom to all levels of New Zealand school students. The contract will see more than 12,000 students visit the Treaty Grounds on organised class visits, undertaking curriculum-linked programmes that draw upon the unique resources available at the Grounds and at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi.
The aim of Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom is to complement and enrich the education that students experience in their daily school environment. The Waitangi programme has a major focus on the Social Sciences and History, but also covers an integrated curriculum aimed at all levels, utilising the broad range of the Treaty Grounds’ resources.
Treaty Grounds Chief Executive Greg McManus is delighted to have secured the new contract: “LEOTC funding is fiercely contested by organisations throughout the country so to have secured a new multi-year contract is an excellent result and will enable many thousands of students to visit Waitangi and learn about the history of our nation at the place where it all began.”
In the past year over 5,000 students visited the Treaty Grounds on organised class trips, from as far away as Invercargill and the Chatham Islands. About half of the total student visits were from Far North schools. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds employs two fulltime educators and is the organiser of the Bay of Islands Education Network, a grouping of 10 local businesses focused on delivering high quality learning opportunities to visiting school groups.