What is Give Me Five
Give Me Five is a promise from parent to child and a promise from parent to school or centre. Give Me Five helps schools break down the barriers and open the door to parents and other family members. It works by matching volunteers to the tasks that need to be done, so parents enjoy their volunteering experience and schools get the best from their most valuable resource – people.
The programme was launched in 2006 at the NZPTA Conference in Christchurch, with the support of Minister of Education, Hon. Steve Maharey.
Parental involvement in schools and centres is nothing new. PTAs have been operating in New Zealand schools for over 100 years. But changes to the education system and our society over the last couple of decades have created the need for schools and centres to find new ways of getting parents involved in their child’s education. Give Me Five succeeds in improving parent and whanau involvement because it requires a committment from both parents and teachers.
Through volunteering, Give Me Five links to all aspects of a successful parent and whanau involvement programme and provides the first step towards a stronger partnership.