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Learning skills and knowledge for the future

Education equips our young people to be successful in meeting the many challenges of the future and to contribute to New Zealand’s economy. 

Education is about teaching, learning skills and knowledge; and helping people to learn how to do things and support them to think about what they learn. 

Qualifications give students opportunities for further education, employment, and a better quality of life. Students must also have life skills and appropriate attitudes to move successfully into the world of learning and work beyond school. Schools should have systems to help students develop those skills and their own learning pathway to success.


Career education is a requirement in all New Zealand schools from Year 7 upwards. It plays an increasingly important role in preparing students to make the right choices and to develop the ability to manage their own career. This, with key skills, helps to build confident learners able to cope with the uncertainties of the future.

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