$1 million digital technologies fund to benefit Ōhāriu

Friday, August 5, 2016

Brett Hudson has welcomed today’s announcement that education and digital technologies providers will be able to bid for $1 million to fund technology projects.

Mr Hudson, the National List MP based in Ōhāriu, says Wellington and Ōhāriu schools and digital technologies providers stand to benefit greatly from Education Minister Hekia Parata’s announcement that a new Request for Proposal to strengthen digital technologies has opened.

“As a strong advocate for digital technology in the classroom I am proud to see the Government is committed to funding projects that will actively engage teachers and students with this technology,” says Mr Hudson.

“This announcement is especially beneficial to schools and digital technologies providers servicing Ōhāriu, where the proportion of internet connections is the highest in New Zealand. Those providers are well placed to take advantage of the $1 million fund on offer, and our well-connected schools will benefit from these innovative projects.”

Today’s announcement is part of a broader package of curriculum support for schools after the Government’s decision last month to explicitly strengthen digital technologies in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

“Digital technology is playing an increasingly important role at both home and work. It is important our young people have the confidence and skills they need to succeed in a digitally fluent world,” says Mr Hudson.

“Our Government is working hard to strengthen digital technology teaching and learning in schools. I encourage digital technologies providers in and around Ōhāriu to take up this exciting opportunity to partner with us in this process.”

The Request for Proposal opens today and will close on 31 August. Interested parties can download the RFP documents here or contact the Ministry of Education.