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I’m proud local Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College and Early Learning Centre have won the Prime Minister’s 2016 Focus Prize for collaboration along the whole education pathway says Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey.

“It was great to be there to join Karanga Mai at the awards ceremony in Auckland and to be part of the celebration when they awarded the Prime Minister’s 2016 Focus Prize for their dedication to supporting young parents to continue their education, and their children in starting theirs,” Mr Doocey said. 

“This young parents college has been part of the local community since 1992, based at Kaiapoi High School, and the early learning centre opened to help support the parents college. 

“I have had the opportunity to visit on a number of occasions and am impressed at how well the both parts work together as one team to make sure both mother and child are receiving the education and support they need. It’s a truly inspirational place and this outstanding achievement in winning this award affirms the work they are doing.

“Many of these young mums have gone on to further study, and this is a credit to the supportive environment around them.  The college and centre take a holistic approach to the wellbeing of the young parents and their children, and their futures.

“I want to congratulate them on their hard work, which is reflected in their winning the Prime Minister’s 2016 Focus Prize on collaboration.

“National’s unrelenting focus has been, and continues to be, on raising achievement for all our learners.

“The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are a true recognition and testament to our hard-working education professionals.”

The awards cover early childhood education, primary, through to secondary schooling.  For more information visit: 

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