September 15, 2022
Te reo part of literacy journey
The tumuaki of Literacy Aoteoroa says one in three people have difficulties with literacy and numeracy – and 40 percent of those are Maori.
Bronwyn Yates says it’s a problem that can’t just be addressed the school level, as literacy can be a whole of whanau problem that needs a whole of whanau solution.
She says the increased demand by workplaces and organisations for people to have a basic grasp of te reo Maori me ona tikanga also raises questions about how literacy is measured.
“It’s not enough to have literacy in English. It’s really important to be recognising that – and I’ll just keep it to te reo Maori – it is a valid and important and critical aspect, especially for us as Maori, but for others, to gain and to have to enable us to be fully Maori,” Ms Yates says.