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An examination of an Aotearoa/New Zealand plus-sport education partnership using livelihoods and capital analysis

An examination of an Aotearoa/New Zealand plus-sport education partnership using livelihoods and capital analysis

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Journal Articles

The latest research published in the Journal of Sport for Development (JSFD).

Abstract

Education is regarded as a human right and fundamental to achieving other human rights, such as decent work. Education is essential for developing human potential, and it can help address growing social and economic inequality. However, for many Indigenous populations in the global North, realizing their fullest potential thorough mainstream education is mired with difficulties, and this has had serious implications for employability and livelihoods creation. This paper presents research undertaken in Aotearoa/New Zealand (NZ) where the Taranaki Rugby Football Union (TRFU) has partnered with local education provider Feats to establish the Māori and Pasifika Rugby Academy (MPRA). The purpose of the partnership is to provide an alternative education pathway to increase livelihoods opportunities. Undertaking a capital and livelihoods analysis of the TRFU and Feats partnership has allowed us to see more clearly different aspects of the MPRA program and bring to the fore other features of the learners’ journeys. While the building of human capital through education is important, of greater significance is the cultural and psychological capital that is built through program attendance.

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Author

Rochelle Stewart-Withers and Jeremy Hapeta

Published

Friday, August 28, 2020 - 14:15