October 17, 2019
500 te reo champions in classrooms
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says more than 500 teachers and support staff have already graduated from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, which is part of the Government's programme to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025.
He told 70 graduates at an awards ceremony in Waikanae he expected them to use te reo Māori regularly and correctly every day in their early learning centres and classrooms.
Te Ahu o te Reo Māori has been delivered in Taranaki, Waikato, Kāpiti-Horowhenua-Porirua and Te Waipounamu this year, with another 120 participants going through the programme in Waikato in their second intake beginning this month.
Other initiatives for Māori education include new funding for Kōhanga reo, a focus on Māori in the teacher supply package, Te Kawa Matakura to grow future young Māori leaders and Te Hurihanganui to address racism and bias across the system.
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