The Charity has ceased to support Feuerstein, due to significant lack in integrity displayed at the January 2017 trainings – trainees paid Israel the $250 each for course materials, were only given 20% of the materials and are still not certificated.
The Trustees, Sir Pat Lynch, Lady Sheila Graham and the charity’s Capability Partners Deloitte (auditors), Bentleys (accountants) and Greenwood Roche (lawyers) have directed the charity to cease all dealings with Feuerstein and their commercial arm – FIE.
50+ trainings have been delivered over the past years – at substantial loss. The training cost of $1265 pp is too high for most NZ teachers without school support. Many can only afford the $250 pp course material-cost and for some, even the GST is non-claimable. Delivery of all 50+ trainings, some with just 3-7 paying trainees. The shortfall in funding for all courses was donated by David Gaze. This was for the explicit benefit of children in NZ, especially our Learning Supported which number over 140,000.
These losses could not continue, nor the 40-70+ voluntary hours per week Anne Gaze donated, championing the Feuerstein cause.
To access the overseas trainers, 22 fully-paying trainees are needed for each course to break-even on fixed expenses alone – breakdown of costs are at bottom of page. These costs do not include the hundreds of voluntary hours including trainers’ living/food costs, trainers’ transport costs, airport transfers, morning/afternoon tea provisions, website costs, mailchimp costs, cleaning lunch rooms and toilets, courier and labour costs of getting individual certificates to you.
22 are needed to fund the fixed costs of (1) Israel’s $10,000 commission fee per training (2) trainers’ air travel (3) trainers’ hotel accommodation (4) trainers’ charge of $100 per day living costs (5) FIE $5,000+ printing charge of course workbooks.
Once the funds from David Gaze ran out, we opened two potential training times – October 2017 and January 2018, but unfortunately, interest in each of the trainings was at the very least 0, and at the most just 6 nationwide, significantly below any consideration.
Over 2017 there were only 0-6 nationwide registrations for each training. Without a champion of the programme and no financial support from FIE, the consequences of low engagement are being well evidenced.
Melbourne is our recommendation – they continue to deliver trainings by endorsed and very good trainers, but do take out travel insurance as these trainings are often cancelled due to poor registrations:
Email: email@example.com – we have material from schools no longer delivering and welcome the opportunity to forward surplus material to you.