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The potential of young people in Aotearoa New Zealand is limitless. Access to opportunity is not. Nor is it evenly distributed.
Aotearoa ranks 33rd in the OECD for levels of educational inequality.
Our system is 4x as likely to fail students from low income communities.
The aim of our work is to help all children to fulfil their potential by disrupting the inequities that exist in education and in society. We contribute to achieving this vision by attracting more great people into the education sector who are committed to the same vision as us; supporting them to grow as teachers and leaders who can make a difference, and fostering their collective impact in the long-term.
Ko te piko o te māhuri, tērā te tupu o te rākau - the way the sapling is shaped determines how the tree grows.
Our flagship programme
The Teach First NZ Programme is employment-based and provides carefully selected participants with the opportunity to teach in a secondary school serving a low-income community, whilst completing a Masters qualification.
Information for schools
We are building a network of partner schools to help us work towards educational equality. We connect with all schools interested in collaborating with us to make our education system fairer for our young people.
Vaka is a summer school run by Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ, providing secondary-school students with a free course to combat the ‘summer slump’, and get ahead for the next academic year.
Inequality is stubborn. It takes a constellation of people - each with their own positioning, experiences, and insights - to achieve equity in our schools and in our society. Let's align our waka and urge each other on as Kairapu.
It’s a cold reality in Aotearoa New Zealand that not all young people reach their full potential. Government, individual and philanthropic supporters help Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ work towards changing this and achieving equality.
We work to achieve our vision by attracting more great people into the education sector. We support them to grow as teachers and leaders, who stay connected in the long-term as Kairapu, to make an increasing difference for our young people.
Our participants and alumni have worked directly with 30,000 young people.
We have recruited over 220 great people to teach in low-income communities.
Take our eligibility quiz
Are you eligible to join our flagship programme? Our quiz will help you understand whether you meet our eligibility criteria as well as what subjects you may be able to teach.
Request an info pack
If you would like to find out more about our programme, how it works and who we are looking for, we have created an information pack just for you!