That all gifted Kiwi kids get the specialist educational support they need to thrive and achieve their full potential
We want to reach 10,000 gifted students at 500 schools across Aotearoa over the next three years.
Gifted kids are our future changemakers.
Around 47,000 primary school aged students in Aotearoa - of all ethnicities, genders and socio-economic backgrounds - were born with brains wired to learn faster, retain more and think more deeply than other kids.
Whether their gifts are intellectual, creative, social or cultural, research shows that they are our future scientists, technologists, artists and entrepreneurs.
But most of our gifted tamariki will not develop their potential as changemakers unless they receive specialist educational support.
They will disengage, drop out, hide their talents and try to fit in - denying themselves, their communities and NZ the potential they represent. This is especially the case for our gifted girls, Māori and Pasifika students and students from low income families.
Right now, our education system is failing to provide for these children. Our schools place enormous focus on kids who are struggling, and have very little capacity or capability to support those who need more. The tragedy is that unless we make a significant effort to identify them, most will continue to fall through the cracks.