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Ant Backhouse QSM

I am passionate about providing better pathways to achieve higher outcomes for all young people

Ant Backhouse has a 25 year history of working with and leading young people. Since 2002, Ant has been employed as Project Coordinator to set up and run the “I Have a Dream” programme of New Zealand. In 2014 the culmination of his work was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list where he was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for his service to youth and education.

Ant’s latest ventures have seen him sharing the learnings of his research and life’s work through involvements in various community initiatives and education boards. Ant is pushing ahead to scale out the I Have a Dream’s principles so that many more Kiwi children can benefit, and now holds the role of CEO of the I Have a Dream Charitable Trust. “I am passionate about educational equality and providing better pathways to achieve higher outcomes for all young people – especially priority groups like Pasifika and Maori.”

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