E Whiti! E Whiti!

Real-world problem solving by ākonga

Tackling digital inequity with E Whiti! E Whiti!

E Whiti! E Whiti! is a call to action, tackling digital inequity, with ākonga leading the way.

"Learners are not the leaders of tomorrow, but are the leaders of today."Dr Hana O’Regan

What is E Whiti! E Whiti!

E Whiti! E Whiti! is for years 11-13 students in Ōtautahi. Taking place in February and March 2023, the programme is NCEA aligned and provides rich contexts for ākonga to use against their NCEA standards. It is free to sign up, funded by Ministry of Education, and delivered by CORE Education. 

Across six days, ākonga will collaborate to tackle issues affecting local businesses and organisations. Through these hands-on workshops, ākonga are given the tools to confidently problem solve as they work towards developing effective solutions.

Through E Whiti! E Whiti!, students are empowered to solve real-world problems. At the end of each cohort, ākonga will pitch their solutions back to the organisations that set them the challenges. 

Shape the leaders of tomorrow through E Whiti! E Whiti!

Apply for the programme

Places are limited to nine schools (three cohorts of three schools in each cohort). Each school will need to provide six ākonga.

Dive deeper

  • What the programme will include

    What the programme will include What the programme will include
    • Culturally located design experiences 
    • Digital equity wero (challenges) provided by local business and civic representatives 
    • Multiple in-person design sprints 
    • NCEA teacher resources 
    • One-to-one kaiako support to connect the learning experiences with the curriculum
    • A virtual metaverse collaboration space to ensure sustainability
    • A celebration event in May 2023 including a video
    • Impact stories including photographs of participants
  • NCEA alignment

    NCEA alignment NCEA alignment

    The programme has its roots in the Technology learning area and provides rich opportunities to gather evidence against a range of standards. The programme aligns with both the current Digital Technology Achievement Standards and the Big Ideas in Learning from the new Digital Technology revisions – although there may be opportunities for teachers to find links to other learning areas as well.

    Students can make the most of their E Whiti! E Whiti! experiences via support from school to gather the required evidence during sprints, and to collate and reflect on it between sprints.

    The programme includes support for kaiako to use E Whiti! E Whiti! as an evidence-gathering opportunity for NCEA standards. These supports are offered for free as part of the programme and include:

    • A programme-to-curriculum guide for educators that clearly ties the learning experiences to NCEA Standards
    • A facilitator to work with you to help you integrate the programme into your local curriculum (up to 3 hrs per school).
  • Time commitment

    Time commitment Time commitment

    Participation in this project will require:

    • 6 days for educators, plus an Igniter Hui in November 2022
    • 6 days for ākonga
  • What is a cohort?

    What is a cohort? What is a cohort?

    E Whiti! E Whiti! is divided into three separate cohorts. Each cohort will be made up of three schools and provide opportunities for focused and hands-on learning experiences. 

    Cohorts consist of six full days across February and March.

    Explore the dates here

  • What does E Whiti! E Whiti mean?

    What does E Whiti! E Whiti mean? What does E Whiti! E Whiti mean?

    E Whiti! E Whiti! can be translated as “Let’s cross over!”, evoking the metaphor of a bridge between students and the professional world. The programme encourages collaboration and allows professional organisations and schools to learn from each other.

You provide ākonga, we provide everything else! Makerspaces, training in design and innovation mindsets, cultural grounding, kai, authentic wero, community and business mentors, a wrap-around support system, and a celebration are all on us.

Key dates

10 November 2022 - Applications close
22 November 2022 - Igniter hui for educators

Apply for the programme

'Ingoa tuatahi | First name' is required
'Ingoa whānau | Last name' is required
'Waea | Phone' is required
'Organisation' is required
Are you available to attend all sessions planned for February and March 2023 (see key dates) *
'Are you available to attend all sessions planned for February and March 2023 (see key dates)' is required
'Are you available to attend all sessions planned for February and March 2023 (see key dates)' is required
I acknowledge that my school will need to provide six ākonga to the event *
'I acknowledge that my school will need to provide six ākonga to the event ' is required
'I acknowledge that my school will need to provide six ākonga to the event ' is required