Launched in June 2008, the Dare to Succeed Homework Programme is an academic mentoring programme aimed at helping Pacific secondary school students with their studies. The Homework Centre runs after school once a week for 2 hours during the school term.
Aim of Dare to Succeed
Some of our Pacific students are academically able, but underachieve due to poor work-habits and study skills. Linking Pacific secondary school students with suitable undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Otago provides these school students with positive role models and creates lasting mentoring relationships.
The aim of the programme is for these school students to better understand the importance of gaining good academic qualifications at school, in the hope that they can better focus on their current studies and aspire to undertake tertiary level study.
How the programme has developed
When the programme began in 2008, only students from Kings and Queens High Schools were involved, with monthly visits between the University mentors and the school students. In 2009 the programme expanded to include all Pacific secondary school students with a homework centre operating every Saturday morning from the Pacific Islands Centre.
Since 2011 a homework centre is held every Wednesday during the school term for 2 hours at either Kings or Queens High School for students of both these schools. A group of mentors (current university students) are on hand to help students with their homework and offer study tips and advice. In August 2011, homework centres were also established at Logan Park High School and Otago Boys High School.
A community programme called "Young Pacific Minds" was also set up for students from other schools, including younger students from primary and intermediate schools. This programme is run every Saturday morning during the school term from 11am-1pm.