The Talking Matters campaign is a call to action because oral language in the early years is an equity issue. Some children in Auckland are starting school with the oral language we would normally expect of three-year-olds. That disadvantage is a significant contributor to the achievement gap between our poorer and more affluent children. The majority of children with low oral language live in low-socio economic communities.
Over 18 months we are developing and trialling effective approaches within select pilot communities. Our initial focus is Auckland; we will develop models that are applicable nationally. We are starting at the beginning of the learning process as this is when we can have the most educational impact.
Partnering-up for impact
Talking Matters is a cross-sector collaboration involving early learning centres, schools, teacher educators, researchers, parenting groups, teacher educators and health and social service organisations.
Talking Matters is created and led by COMET Auckland - Te Hononga Akoranga, an independent charitable trust and Auckland Council CCO championing better and fairer education, skills and lifelong learning for all Aucklanders.
NEXT Foundation was launched two years ago and will invest $100 million over a ten year period to create a legacy of environmental and education excellence for the future generations of New Zealanders. For more information visit our website www.nextfoundation.org.nz
Talking Matters has been endorsed by Learning Auckland, as a cradle-to-career collective impact initiative. COMET Auckland coordinates Learning Auckland and leads Talking Matters.
Toi te reo (protect the language)
Toi te tangata (protect the people)
Toi te mana (protect the mana)
TALKING MATTERS DELIVERY TEAM
The Talking Matters delivery team from left to right: Communications: Julia Moore, Project Manager: Emma Quigan, Director: Alison Sutton, Admin: Anabel Fernadez and Data Analyst: Rajshree Krishnan