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The Early Learning Taskforce has been partnering with Ekalesia Fa'apotopotoga Kerisiano i Samoa (EFKS NZ) as part of the Pasifika Church Partnerships Strategy to explore opportunities to support EFKS NZ's young people and their families to stay engaged on the education pathway.
To start the ball rolling, the Ministry supported EFKS NZ to hold an education conference in May 2014 for the education experts in their network. This resulted in the development of the EFKS NZ Education Action Plan which outlines high level education goals and actions to contribute to the Government's Better Public Service goals and the Ministry's Pasifika Education Plan. The Strategy was officially presented to Hon. Minister Parata in June 2014.
Utilising 73 churches nationwide reaching 25,000 members, EKFS NZ initially identified 414 children not currently participating in ECE, and they are supporting these children to enroll in ECE services. The next step will be setting up playgroups in churches with significant numbers of non participating children.
Even more gains are being made as a result of this partnership. EFKS NZ have since established a national trust to drive a more collaborative and co-operative approach to achieve their mission 'to realise the potential of our People'. EFKS NZ are now seeking partnerships with other government agencies to explore activities such as Rheumatic Fever awareness, and social housing.
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