Child Flight Charitable Trust exists to help young students, who may never get the chance, the opportunity to take part in a leadership programme taught by a professor from the University of Waikato, and seeks to engage individuals, and organisations to help us take our project to the regions of New Zealand.
Our Purpose is “to give students from all walks of life a different perspective of their world” through our programs of "Curious Minds-Possible Worlds" which takes kids on a journey of empathy, friendship & flight.
Our Mission is “to encourage the aviation & education communities throughout New Zealand to join with us helping support young students, by providing classes teaching Curious Minds-Possible Worlds combined with the spatial experience of flight”.
By working with government, funding organisations & private institutions within New Zealand having goals or values similar to those of "Child Flight", we continue the journey towards reaching our goals teaching "LEADERSHIP" in low decile schools.
Child Flight gives young students the opportunity to learn & fly in a plane. Lessons in Curious Minds-Possible Worlds gives students a whole new perspective on life- the impact of which may be life changing.
Since being established in 2012, Child Flight Charitable Trust has reached some impressive milestones, having flown over 700 students in 6 years and in 2014 introduced "Curious Minds" working with schools & community organisations.
CHILD FLIGHT in action
March 2018, we held a class for 5 schools in Kaitaia. 110 year 7 students who spent 2 hours each day for a week in the cinema at the Te Ahu Centre in the township. We saw a massive improvement in the students in the short time we had them, from 9% excellence to 28% excellence. The teachers reported a high degree of receptivity from the youngsters and there was a lot of discussion in the playground and after school about the ideas we promulgated. Our representative in Kaitaia met students after school in the town and reported the students buzzing.
Here is a quote from Heather, one of the teachers who helped us organise this year's class:
"Hi Chris and Kathryn,
Thanks so much for the exciting programme last week. I would just like to thank you for the wonderful programme. Our students came back buzzing about what they had learnt and I would like to follow up on this back at school.
Without our sponsors Child Flight would be unable to operate, let alone sustain its continued development and growth, which in turn helps to increase support for special needs children in our communities.