July 24, 2018
Culture boost in education think tank
A participant in Monday's think tank on Māori education says there's a lot of goodwill in the system to see change.
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis brought together 12 Māori experts to discuss what needs to be done to implement Te Ahu o te reo Māori, a policy to support teachers to deliver te reo in the classroom, and Te Kawa Matakura, an assessment framework for Māori learning.
Rāhui Papa says all teachers need support on te reo, especially those in the mainstream where 90 percent of Māori students are enrolled.
There also needs to be guidance on how schools offer a Māori world view in a westernised setting.
"What we want to try and build is people who are as comfortable on a paepae as they are in a boardroom. They're awesome at the back of the kitchen but they are also fantastic at manu kōrero and kapa haka and we see in the medium of kapa haka there's whaikōrero there, there's mōteatea, there's history there, there's Māori world views," Mr Papa says.
He says nine separate crown agencies are working on the reforms alongside community and tribal organisations and education experts.
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