May 05, 2022
John Tamihere: Put your money where the success is MOE
It’s time for the Ministry Of Education to put their money where the success really is”.
Once again we have pulled back the curtain to show that while the current education system is failing our tamariki in direct comparison our Whānau Ora pilot, Te Kete Aronui, works.
Te Kete Aronui is a targeted Literacy and Numeracy service that we delivered to our children throughout our Whānau Ora Network in West Auckland (Te Whānau o Waipareira), South Auckland (MUMA), Waikato (Te Kōhao Health) and Wellington (Te Roopu Awhina).
It was successful in immersing tamariki in a culturally appropriate environment where they were encouraged to speak te reo whilst being supported with manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga. These are some core Māori principals and basic fundamentals that our tamariki want and need to be engaged in the learning process. Things that are clearly lacking in the current framework that is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Right now the Ministry of Education is reviewing how literacy is taught in Aotearoa after announcing new strategies for maths, literacy and communication last month. MOE’s curriculum associate deputy secretary stated, “The literacy common practice model (CPM) needs to be built in collaboration with sector experts, and related agencies”. We just released our Social Return On Investment Report with the Te Pūtea Whakatapu Trust, which demonstrates just how effective our model of learning is in direct comparison to what is currently happening in schools.
Our report is transparent, our method is successful, our approach is holistic and our tamariki are achieving and succeeding. All that’s missing is a phone call from the MOE saying they will support and fund Te Kete Aronui a “related agency” that has, once again, proven its worth against the current methodology they know is not delivering.