September 22, 2015
Apanui landscape brought into new classroom
Education Minister Hekia Parata says children in the western East Cape will be getting a new start.
Ms Parata says she understands the emotion around the closure or Raukokore school and the busing of its children to a new merged school at Te Kaha 45 minutes away, but she also believes parents and grandparents want the best for their children.
She says Te Kaha Area School will have upgraded premises, a new board, new principal and new teachers, and it will have input from Te Whanau a Apanui to include the old ways in the curriculum.
"They will be the ones that will identify the stories and the history and the waiata that make up all the points of identity that anchor their Apanuitanga. This is something we have done with other iwi around the country. it helps make real and modern for all the kids in the kura in those rohe to understand the cultural context, the cultural landscape of the school they are at and the people who have walked that landscape," Ms Parata says.
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