May 28, 2019
Wintec boosts bicultural training
The director of Wintech’s Centre for Health and Social Practice says it’s crucial to develop qualifications that are fit for purpose for the bicultural context of Aotearoa.
The centre at the Hamilton-based polytechnic has added introductory te reo Māori as well as material on tikanga Māori to all of its programmes.
Dr Angela Beaton says eliminating inequities and barriers to access for Māori in the health system means developing practitioners who can work effectively with whānau.
Ensuring non-Māori graduates can pronounce Māori names accurately and understand tikanga Māori and its application to practice is a start.
As well, 125 Wintec staff have completed a professional development short course, Te Tauihu, to build their capability in te reo and tikanga Māori and give them more confidence and skills to teach and learn in a bicultural context and with Māori learners.
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