Education Renewal Recovery Programme

A strong education system, from early childhood to tertiary, is critical to the redevelopment of greater Christchurch and its economy in the wake of the earthquakes and also to reflect the aspirations of the people who live in greater Christchurch.

Damage to land and education facilities, population changes, and financial constraints mean education provision in greater Christchurch will change. The network cannot simply be rebuilt as it was.

The challenge is to develop a way forward that is not only responsive to the changing environment and cost effective, but also makes the most of the opportunity to lift educational outcomes and deliver on the community’s needs. In seizing these opportunities, we have the potential to ensure the renewal of education provision in greater Christchurch and help develop a road map for New Zealand’s broader educational future.

In October 2010, the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) engaged with the sector and community to explore ideas and opportunities for the renewal of education in greater Christchurch. This engagement has informed the development of a draft Education Renewal Recovery Programme to meet the educational needs of children and young people and to support the social, cultural and economic recovery of greater Christchurch.

Objectives of the draft programme

The programme will guide the redevelopment of education over the medium to long-term and will address these three critical areas:

  • promoting integrated planning - for example, to ensure the education network can respond to large population shifts and aligning infrastructural needs such as transport and the creation of joint community facilities;
  • efficient government expenditure - ensuring that the significant expenditure expected across the education system over the medium to long-term is used in a cost-effective manner that is complementary to, and leverages off, broader government expenditure in Canterbury; and
  • delivering economic growth - a strong education network will contribute the skills, knowledge and innovation needed to give Canterbury an economic advantage.

Determining what school or early childhood service is needed and where will occur once all the information around land, building and demographics is known, rather than through the Education Renewal Recovery Programme.

Decisions on education for greater Christchurch will be guided by national policy and requirements and will be subject to the Education Act 1989.

Expected milestones

Who’s involved?

Education is at the heart of our communities. It affects us all in different ways, whether as children, students, youth, parents, family, whānau, business or civic leaders. About 11,000 people are employed in education, and up to 150,000 children and students regularly attend educational activities.

The Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission are jointly leading the development and facilitating engagement opportunities about the future of education in greater Christchurch. Many members of the wider community have provided thoughts and direction for the draft programme and added to the expertise of educational leaders, teachers, city and business leaders, and Ngāi Tahu. Key stakeholders are students, parents, families and whānau, education workforce, governors, owners, managers and employers.

This engagement informed the development of the draft Education Renewal Recovery Programme, which will set the direction regarding the purpose, shape and delivery of education. Once adopted the Education Renewal Recovery Programme will be supported by a greater Christchurch Network Plan and progressively implemented as land use and other relevant decisions are made.

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