Te Ukaipo Mercy Initiatives for Rangatahi is based in Ranui, West Auckland.
Te Ukaipo’s mission is through community development initiatives, quality programmes and services. Te Ukaipo works with youth and families in West Auckland to help them achieve their potential by providing pathways out of risk. Their Vision is safe, healthy and vibrant rangatahi/youth and their whānau/families from West Auckland, reaching their potential free from risk.
Recently Te Ukaipo has initiated a bold new teaching endeavor. Marcia Matthews, Senior Navigator for Learn with Mercy, says “Te Ukaipo provides a holistic learning environment for Students 13 – 16 years of age with a key focus on Educational Achievement. Te Ukaipo aims to support all Students to achieve their Individual Learning Pathway goals by providing a variety of learning opportunities. All students are enrolled with Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu Correspondence School”. Te Kura is a distance education provider offering personalised learning programmes to students from early childhood to Year 13. It works in partnership with students, whānau, schools and communities.
At present, around 10 students work from a pre-fab tucked behind the Te Ukaipo office. The students come from West Auckland schools and many are identified as having fallen through the cracks in the system. With the possibility of a new teaching space the number of students is expected to increase.
All students learn through a curriculum based on literacy and numeracy. Other subjects areas are health, physical education, art and music. When possible, Pathways Transition will also be included.
Marcia says “Our hope for the future of this school is that our rangatahi (students), in Ranui and surrounding suburbs, know that there is support to continue on with their educational needs and where students who, in their school years, will continue to develop the values, knowledge, and competencies that will enable them to live full and satisfying lives”.
“Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu”
“Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations”
The school’s name is Te Ukaipo Alternative Education Unit.