October 13, 2014
Building on Success
Education Minister Hekia Parata says changing the way schools operate is the key to improving Maori educational achievement.
She congratulated Russell Bishop, one of the developers of the programme He Kotahitanga, who is being made an emeritus professor by Waikato University.
The Education Ministry stopped supporting He Kotahitanga, but Ms Parata says it incorporated key elements along with features from other experimental programmes in the Building on Success initiative being rolled out into secondary schools now.
She says it can’t be seen as just another programme or short term fix.
"Having a relationship with these young people and their families is an ongoing success initiaitive. Knowing how they learn and what they need to be succesful is ongoing. Having the whole school, all of the staff, all of the students, recognising the value of Maori culture as part of their school is an ongoing approach and that is what we are hoping to do with Building on Success, is to have them understanding these are to be adopted forever," Ms Parata says.
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