The Manaiakalani project is a foundation project within the Tamaki Transformation Programme. This is an ambitious undertaking that sets out to change social, educational and economic outcomes in a disadvantaged community on a scale not attempted before in New Zealand. It is one of New Zealand’s largest urban renewal projects. Besides scale, its distinguishing feature is a methodology of integrated partnership involving Crown agencies, territorial authorities and private investors with the community. Explicitly, some projects are agency-led, some community-led and some led by co-design principles. A two-year action plan developed for 2009-2011 foreshadows a twenty year plan for comprehensive renewal.
The Manaiakalani Cluster comprises 7 schools in the Tamaki catchment. They are: Tamaki College, Pt England School, Tamaki Primary School, Glenbrae Primary School, St Pius X School, Panmure Bridge School and Tamaki Intermediate. These schools have been collaborating to provide professional development resources build the capacity and capability of teachers to leverage a digital age pedagogical framework to deliver the curriculum to the students from Year 1-13. The students will own personal netbook devices and have internet access throughout the community to enable the students to continue working from home. Parent involvement with the project is essential in ensuring engagement and confidence-building of their children.
The Manaiakalani:Tamaki Learning Net project is designed to enable the Manaiakalani Cluster to meet academic goals through providing Decile 1 students the technology to support a digital age approach to learning
To create lifelong literate learners who are confident and connected anytime, anywhere, any place; ready for employment in tomorrow’s market and contributing positively to their community.
The Manaiakalani Cluster have identified the following goals for the students who have the opportunity to access the capability offered by accessing electronic media provided by the internet and Google applications.
These goals align with the central government priority “skills, qualifications and opportunities mean young people contribute to their own and New Zealand’s future; the Tamaki Transformation Programme change strategies of Hauora (Well-being) create healthy, creative, learning environments and Whai Rawa (Abundant Resource) connect people with their full economic potential. The implementation programme to strengthen skills base and education outcomes and the key result area of literacy and numeracy is raised through e-learning linking through to the 2-5 year outcome of transforming education – lift literacy achievement levels in Tamaki schools.
A Cost/Benefit analysis was prepared for the Tamaki Transformation Programme in May 2010. In order to help the Manaiakalani Cluster achieve the desired goals, and establish the technology required to support the initiatives underway, four project stages have been identified. The first stage (Proof of Concept) has already been completed by the Manaiakalani Cluster with support and assistance from the Tamaki Transformation Programme.
The subsequent stages have been identified as:
Stage 2 : Pilot:
This Project Initiation document outlines the approach, deliverables and outcomes for Stage 2: Pilot.
The project has identified the following objectives to be achieved in the pilot stage:
*each round shows additional students and does not include those from the round before; class estimates are based on 30 students/class except for Pt England where the class numbers are higher
**best estimate at time of writing