Key information for MindPlus Supporters
Here are some of the key resources you may need as a MindPlus funder or supporter
The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education is a non-profit organisation that operates the MindPlus family of programmes across New Zealand, both face to face and online
Our MindPlus programmes enrich the lives of over 700 children and their whānau, but with your help we can reach even more.
Schools have a responsibility to identify and support their gifted students, but principals report being overwhelmed by other priorities. Few teachers have received meaningful training to identify and cater to gifted children, and many families are unable to afford specialist options - even subsidised programmes such as NZCGE’s MindPlus “one day schools”. We serve students from 280 schools across New Zealand, but only 5% of MindPlus OurSchool students come from Decile 1-2 schools.
New Zealand schools place an enormous focus on kids who are struggling, but very little on the 5 percent of kids from all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds whose brains are wired to learn faster, retain more and think more deeply — gifted kids. Without that support, more than 50% of them will underachieve. In social investment terms, investing to ensure these kids achieve their potential as our future scientists, technologists, creatives and entrepreneurs has a huge return.