It has just been announced that our wonderful wee country from down-under has won the bid to host the 20th Biennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) in 2013!
This superb news is not only a huge boost to the gifted education fraternity here in New Zealand. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Rosemary Cathcart and Elaine Le Sueur. Their proposal was put forward on behalf of multiple ‘gifted’ groups and individuals throughout the country. Their foresight in taking an inclusive, consultative approach to their bid has pulled us all together with a common goal, which makes their success the success of the gifted community in our country. So congratulations to you all! (But especially to Elaine and Rosemary!)
President of WCGTC, Taisir Subhi Yamin writes: “Congratulations, I am very happy to have the World Conference for the first time in your beautiful country. Looking forward to working with qualified, committed and reliable scholars from your country...”
New Zealand’s reputation in the field of gifted education can only continue to rise. Let’s hope that our politicians and others in the position to make a difference get behind us in this, and take a renewed interest in how gifted learners can best be supported in our schools.
For the rest of us, it’s going to be about putting our shoulders behind the NZ Committee and helping behind the scenes as much as we can... watch this space!