One of our members sourced and secured a $130,000 grant from Rotary International, enabling a Far North education trust to expand a revolutionary internet-based teaching system across the region. The initiative, led by the Kaikohekohe Educational Trust, seeks to improve academic results and reduce truancy. It gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to embrace the wealth of learning resources available on the Internet and to learn anywhere, any time and at any pace. At its heart is the concept of learning by sharing, something the internet has made much more possible than before. The Rotary Club of Kerikeri administers this grant on behalf of Rotary International.
Our Dictionaries for Schools programme is perhaps the best-known example of our work in this area. Through this we distribute dictionaries to every pupil in every Mid North primary school.
We recognise achievement, sponsoring the Dux awards at Kerikeri High School and Okaihau College and the Colleen House (Food Technology) Award at Okaihau College. And we’re enthusiastic backers of the peer support programmes at both Kerikeri High School and Okaihau College
We help select and support Mid North students to attend academic events that are useful to their career planning and further education. These include the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum at Auckland University, the NorthTec Science and Technology Programme, and a ‘hands on’ summer science programme at Otago University.
We also support the kids of our community through a wide range of leadership programmes.