August 27, 2020
Corporate funding could unleash Maori schools
A UNICEF New Zealand executive believes iwi could work with large businesses to improve Māori education outcomes.
The United Nations children's agency has ranked New Zealand 33rd out of 38 OECD countries when measuring the gap between the top 10 per cent of students and the bottom 10 per cent, and Brandi Hudson, it's New Zealand deputy executive director, says the COVID-19 crisis may be making that worse.
She says the government has failed Māori by underfunding education, housing and health, and it may be time for them to look elsewhere for help.
"We've got Māori schools that are producing first-class results with our kids because they are in the right environment. Why couldn't our iwi leaders work with those big international companies to be providing these types of resources and support right in our communities," Ms Hudson says.
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