Whānau Ara Mua targets tertiary priority learners
This year 198 students enrolled. 71% of the 126 who filled in the initial course survey were referred by Work and Income; 80% were on Single Parent Benefits.
The adults enrolled to help their children do better at school and to improve family relationships and partly to meet Work and Income obligations.
45% of those who filled in the pre-course survey did not have any school qualifications. Another 17% had only NCEA level 1 which is usually not enough to get meaningful and sustainable work. 31% had started tertiary study some other time but not finished it.
Those who have worked prior to enrolment have been in low income sectors - healthcare, cleaning, factory or retail work.
Whānau Ara Mua impacts on whole families, not just the adult student:
268 children lived with the 126 adult students who completed a pre-course survey.
Another successful year
75% successfully graduated with a Level 2 Certificate in Family Learning and Child Development.
Graduates get a tertiary qualification AND they change key parts of family life from the unique dual focus of Whānau Ara Mua - family learning and wellbeing and parent employability.
48% said they were going to find work, 39% were going to keep studying.