The first evaluation report of the Sistema Aotearoa programme by AUT University was released today.
Image of the Sistema Aotearoa programme is courtesy of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
This report sets out the findings of an evaluation of the trial programme, Sistema Aotearoa. The evaluation field-work was carried out between May and August 2012 by The Knowledge Institute Ltd and DBZ Consultancy Ltd.
The Sistema Aotearoa trial began in April 2011, and the first cohort of participants completed their first year in the programme in April 2012. The programme is now in its second year of operation, with a second cohort of children beginning in April 2012. The evaluation is focused on the first cohort of participants.
The children participating in the first cohort of Sistema Aotearoa come from seven Otara primary schools – Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Piripono, Bairds Mainfreight Primary School, East Tamaki Primary School, Rongomai Primary School, Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, St Johns the Evangelist School, and Wymondley Primary.
In April 2011, 106 children enrolled in the first course. Almost all of the children were aged between 5 and 8 years of age and nearly all were from Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Niuean or Cook Island families.
The programme is funded, in most part, by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, with Creative New Zealand recently undertaking this role, and delivery is supported by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO).
A copy of the Evaluation of Sistema Aotearoa report (pdf version) is available here.