Aorere College has partnered with IBM and Manurewa High School to participate in the global Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) initiative, a five year course in which students are mentored by industry practitioners. Student, Nikki passionately outlines how she would like to overcome stereotypes and see more Māori and Pacific females taking digital technologies courses with a view to a career in the IT field. She believes that overcoming the stark gender difference currently in place would lead to more graduates filling the available jobs.
|Title slide: Pathways for young Māori and Pacific women in technology enabling e-Learning.|
Nikki, Year 11 student, Aorere College
A career in digital technologies is definitely an option for me to take in the future. I have a passion for it. It’s fun,
|Nikki using a computer in the school library.|
|it’s creative, it gets your mind working. It can take you anywhere. You can get a lot of money off it.||Nikki, sitting in Aorere College auditorium speaking to camera.|
|P-TECH is a lot of fun. We go on a lot of trips. Aorere College is one of the two schools that is doing this for the first time in Aotearoa.||Computer screen showing P-TECH calendar. Text on screen, "In a P-TECH school, students earn a high school diploma, an industry recognised associate degree, and gain relevant work experience in a growing field. Free digital learning on the latest technologies designed for teachers and students."|
|It’s Aorere College and Manurewa High School. We do a lot of collaborating with them.||Nikki, sitting in auditorium speaking to camera.|
|We went to the IBM offices in town and it was a good chance for us to meet our mentors. It’s a five year programme so they will be guiding us throughout these five years, and into tertiary.||Outside Manukau Institute of Technology | Te Whare Takiura o Manakau building.|
|To see a bigger number of Pacific cultures and Māori culture shown|| |
Outside of Aorere College building.
Computer screen showing examples of tukutuku patterns.
Students working on computers.
|in this line of work, would be amazing and would be really cool!||Nikki, sitting in auditorium speaking to camera.|
|I’d like to be able to show, specifically, the females and Pacific females out there, that there is a place for them in this world. That they can be more than what they’re just perceived to be.||Students working at computers in the classroom.|
|They can’t just be every other stereotype out there,||Nikki, sitting in auditorium speaking to camera.|
|especially Polynesian and Māori women. I want to fight against those stereotypes. I want to prove that I can get somewhere without any male’s help.||Students building with Lego.|
|I can get there. Taking this course has made me realise that women are still being judged, we are still put down.||Nikki, sitting in auditorium speaking to camera.|
|There are a lot of men in the digital technology world, and females should be able to feel comfortable; we should feel welcomed.|| |
Technology teacher, Muzaffar and student viewing screen.
Student working. Closeup of student working on a laptop.
|The statistic was 14,000 jobs and only 5000 graduates for these fields. If females can get in there, we could probably make that mark. We could make the 14,000 jobs. We could do that.||Nikki, sitting in auditorium speaking to camera.|