August 26, 2020
Marae skills good fit for higher learning journey
A Canterbury polytechnic says pastoral care is the key to lifting Māori outcomes.
Ara Institute Māori development director Te Marino Lenihan says too many tauira flunk out with nothing to show for their studies but thousands of dollars in debt.
He says Ara's new Māori achievement framework take a practical "teatowel-tanga" approach to keep Māori students engaged.
"That's how we learn on the marae, it's 'here boy, grab a towel, go into the kitchen and help your aunties and uncles clean up.' Just that simple process of getting stuck in within the marae and surrounded by living and breathing Māori culture, you learn pretty fast," Mr Lenihan says.
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