Forward thinking programme
You have probably heard it said before that school is not for everybody.
You have also probably heard it said before that education is a powerful tool that provides a pathway to a world of opportunity.
Simply speaking, combining these two ideas has resulted in the provision of alternative education programmes.
Thanks to Coast Youth Community Trust (CYC), there is an ‘alt-ed' programme called Forward with Direction (FWD) that runs locally based at Whangaparāoa Baptist Church (HM February 1, 2017). It is free for students to attend and supports those who have had difficulty working within the traditional education system.
Earlier on in the year I received the opportunity to ‘go back to school' and work as an alternative education tutor on the FWD programme.
FWD is a learning hub where students who are not involved with traditional school can still complete NCEA Levels 1 and 2. The year is filled with a fun and practical curriculum, a smaller class size and shorter days to cater for young people who are working or have other commitments.
Thanks to the FWD programme, young people who don't fit into the mainstream education system, who may have been asked to leave school or who are dealing with personal issues, have another shot at gaining NCEA qualifications.
The students engage with very practical topics such as learning budgeting skills, how to create a CV and cover letter, developing career and life goals and encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset with assignments focused on creating a ‘business.'
This caring, nurturing and safe environment has provided a second chance for over 100 students to gain NCEA qualifications since being established on the Coast. Subsequently, this open, embracing and practical education option has changed the future prospects for many local young people and helped them find the pathway to achieving their goals and dreams.