Get a million bucks for your edutech project!

You can now ask the government for $1 million to fund your educational technology project.

Today, education minister Hekia Parata announced that a new Request for Proposal has opened for $1 million in government funding for “engaging projects” by education and digital technology providers.

The funding is part of a broader package of curriculum support for schools after the government’s decision last month to strengthen digital technologies in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

“We want to fund providers who can hit the ground running with ideas that will match teachers’ and students’ enthusiasm and imagination, and boost their engagement with digital technologies,” says Ms Parata.

“Digital fluency is the universal language of the 21st century. To be successful and get the jobs they want, Kiwi kids will need to be confident using a broad range of digital technologies in a variety of settings.

“Our Government’s aim is to strengthen digital technology teaching and learning in schools, and we are looking for partners to work with us to support schools to fully embrace this change.”

The RFP is open from today until 31 August. You can download the RFP documents here or contact the Ministry of Education.