Strengthening young people’s voice in our education system

A Ministerial Youth Advisory Group will be set up to enable young people to have their say and have more influence on the education system and issues that affect them.

Registrations of interest from New Zealand youth, aged between 14 and 18 years, will open here on our website on Monday 14 August and close on Sunday 3 September. More details about the criteria and how to register will be available on 14 August.

“This is about ensuring that young people are at the heart of decisions made about education in New Zealand,” says Education Minister Nikki Kaye, who made the announcement on 1 August.

“I want them to be able to share their experiences of our education system, as well as ideas about any improvements we can make.”

Ten young people will be selected for the advisory group. There will also be an opportunity for young people to take part in an online youth forum which will discuss and test the insights gathered from the youth advisory group. The final members of the advisory group will be selected by Minister Kaye from a shortlist recommended to her by the Ministry of Education.

The Youth Advisory Group will meet quarterly from February 2018 and participants will decide what topics will be discussed at each meeting during the first induction meeting later this year. Topics might include the future of work, student wellbeing, which of our education priorities matter to them, or their perspectives on technology and the use of digital tools in learning and assessment.

The insights from both groups will then be shared with the rest of the Ministry and other education agencies.

If you know someone – a student, friend, son or daughter – who you think would be keen to take part then ask them to ‘like’ the Ministry of Education’s facebook page to keep up to date with what’s going on. And remember, Monday 14 August is when you will be able to register your interest online, right here.

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