Kiwi Can

What is Kiwi Can?                                                                         


Kiwi Can is the Foundation for Youth Development’s primary and intermediate school programme, it teaches essential life skills and values like resilience, respect, integrity and manners in schools all around the country.

It's a whole school programme with all children attending a Kiwi Can lesson once a week, every week of the school year. Specially trained Kiwi Can Leaders work in pairs delivering the high energy, interactive and, most importantly, fun lessons and are awesome role models for the kids to look up to.

Kiwi Can has a history of making a difference.

But the proof is in the research, and here is what it shows. Kiwi Can:

  • Engages students
  • Reduces truancy
  • Improves listening and communication skills
  • Helps children play cooperatively and resolve behavioural issues more easily
  • Builds confidence
  • Reduces bullying in schools

The programme aims to equip young New Zealanders with:

  • A sense of self-worth and self-confidence
  • The ability to take responsibility and be accountable for actions
  • Valuable life skills
  • A 'can do' attitude to the challenges of life

 What are the Kiwi Can Themes and Modules being taught?

Positive Relationships – Positive Communication, Co-operation, Friendship, Fairness and Fairplay, Leadership, Conflict Resolution

Integrity – Honesty, Responsibility, Reliability, Making good choices, Being a role model, Accountability

Resilience – Understanding Emotions, Self Control/Discipline, Dealing with Challenges, Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Perseverance

Respect – For ourselves, Respectful communication, For Others, For our School, For our community, For our Environment


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