Voices of Mokopuna

Amplifying Mokopuna Voices in the Curriculum Refresh

Established in early 2023 to support the Ministry of Education's curriculum refresh, the Youth Voices Group (YVG) champions how the voices of children and young people are heard across the country. They do this by:

Sharing their unique perspectives, insights and lived experiences.

Developing their own ways of working and collective work programme.

Deciding how to interact with and feedback to the other groups involved.

Designing mokopuna engagement across the country.

The YVG brings together up to 30 young people aged 15-17 from diverse communities and experiences.

Within the wider YVG, caucuses (smaller groups) support safe and open discussion between people with shared experiences. This function was developed in response to community feedback and our commitment to ensuring genuine and inclusive participation. The caucuses will evolve and grow to meet the needs of the group, beginning with:

Tangata Whenua Caucus: Mokopuna who whakapapa Māori.

Pasifika Caucus: Mokopuna who descend from the Pacific nations.

Resettled Caucus: Mokopuna with refugee, asylum or new migrant experience.

Disabled Caucus: Mokopuna with lived experience of disability.

Mana Mokopuna - Children and Young People's Commission is sharing valuable analysis and insights from the YVG with the Ministry of Education.

Learn more about Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed curriculum here.

Below: Our Youth Voices Group at a recent wānanga near Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.