My education, my voice

If you're aged between 14 and 18, find out how you can have your say about the education system.

A Youth Advisory Group and Online Youth Forum have been set up so that young people between the ages of 14 and 18 have the opportunity to have a say about education in New Zealand.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference by sharing your views and experiences of the education system, as well as ideas about any improvements.

Youth Advisory Group

Ten young people will be selected for the Youth Advisory Group. The group will meet every three months starting in February 2018 and an induction meeting will be held later this year in late October/early November.

Young people in the Youth Advisory Group can also be part of the Online Youth Forum.

Online Youth Forum

If you sign up to be part of the online youth forum, you will be invited to discuss and test the insights gathered from the ten young people in the Youth Advisory Group. We want a wide range of perspectives and ideas and there is no limit on the number of people in the online forum so get involved. You don’t have to be a student to take part.

The insights from both groups will then be shared with the education agencies.

What you choose to talk about is up to you. We will have a range of topics that will help guide the discussions,  including the future of work, student wellbeing, which education priorities matter, or perspectives on technology and the use of digital tools in learning and assessment.

To be considered you'll need to be:

  • Aged between 14 and 18 years on the 1 January 2018 
  • Able to attend regular meetings if part of the Youth Advisory Group (every 3 months)
  • A citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand 
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Respectful of other people's opinions
  • Able to get parental, caregiver or legal guardian consent

Applications close on 3 September.

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