Tonight at Waikowhai Intermediate in my electorate Gifted Kids are holding a Sharing Night. It’s about showcasing the projects they have been working on and I’m looking forward to attending.
The goal of Gifted Kids is to let our talented and creative children, particularly those from low socio-economic communities, develop their talents, strengths and abilities to the full.
Way back in 1938, at the time of the First Labour Government, then Education Minister Peter Fraser gave a landmark speech. He said the Government’s role in education was to ensure all people, whatever their ability, wealth or place of residence, enjoy a free education to enable them to achieve to their highest potential.
That is or should be the on-going core principle governing our education system.
We want no-one to fall short of their potential because they come from a disadvantaged background. We want those who have gifts to be fully extended and to achieve excellence.
It’s about individuals being the best they can and the community collectively benefitting from what they can achieve.
Gifted Kids at present give 600 young people attending 150 mainly low income schools the opportunity to be challenged and to develop their skills to the maximum.
What I can’t understand is why in the last two years the National Government has halved the budget for Gifted and Talented Education as a whole and given no funding at all to the Gifted Kids Project since 2010.
When they are putting more money into private education for the most advantaged, where are their priorities?