Digital curriculum to benefit well-connected Ōhāriu families

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Brett Hudson has welcomed the formal integration of digital technology into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Mr Hudson, the National List MP based in Ōhāriu, says Ōhāriu families stand to benefit greatly from today’s announcement by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

“As a strong advocate for digital technology in the classroom I am proud to see that the first change to the New Zealand Curriculum since 2007 reflects the Government’s commitment to a modern learning environment,” says Mr Hudson.

“We need a 21st century education system which prepares children and young people for a digital future where digital fluency will be crucial.

“This announcement will be especially beneficial to families and young people residing in Ōhāriu, where the proportion of internet connections is the highest in New Zealand. Ōhāriu children and young people will be well placed to take advantage of a renewed focus on the digital curriculum.”

The decision is an outcome of the Government’s Science and Society Strategic Plan ‘A Nation of Curious Minds: Te Whenua Hihiri I te Mahara’ and follows a recent Akamai report showing the average download speeds in New Zealand have grown 25 per cent in a year.

“Having previously worked in the Wellington ICT industry for more than 20 years, I know first-hand the benefits of a connected and digitally fluent workforce,” says Mr Hudson.

“Organisations large and small will benefit from preparing our future workforce to fill skilled graduate jobs in digital technology and in the IT sector.”

From now until the end of 2017, the Government will consult with stakeholders, design new curriculum content, and develop achievement objectives across the whole learner pathway. It will be fully integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa in 2018.