Te Rangai Kahui Ako ā Iwi – strengthening Maori medium pathways

The importance of finding high quality and sustainable pathways for students in Māori Medium education was at the forefront of a hui hosted by our Te Reo Māori Group recently and attended by a number of key government education and Māori language agencies.

Te Reo Māori Group Manager Kiritina Johnstone hosted representatives from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, Education Council, Massey University, Te Puni Kōkiri and Ministry of Justice to introduce and share Te Rangai Kahui Ako ā Iwi.

Te Rāngai Kāhui Ako ā-Iwi was launched by former Education Minister, Hon Hekia Parata, early this year, and we’ve been working with iwi from 4 of the 10 education regions to better understand their aspirations and priorities to strengthen Māori medium pathways in their region.

The 4 pilot regions include Te Tai Tokerau, Waikato, Tairāwhiti and Bay of Plenty/Te Waiariki.

“This work is crucial to ensuring young people who want to learn te reo Māori, can do so, from kōhanga through to wharekura and beyond,” says Mrs Johnstone.

“We’ve found that, no matter how big or small a kura or school is, what influenced their approach to te reo Māori, was the community and iwi, and having whānau engaged in their children’s education and te reo Māori.”

“We want to lift and maintain participation rates in Māori medium education.  We can see that participation rates for kōhanga are solid, but they taper away by the time a student gets to wharekura age.”

“An important part of our approach is working with iwi, and encouraging them to take the lead in developing regional action plans to strengthen the opportunities for Māori Medium education in their rohe.”

“The framework is designed to use the Communities of Learning | Kahui Ako operating model to identify and share best practice for Māori medium education, and this hui was an opportunity for us  to promote the framework across our government agency stakeholders.”

We’ll continue to work with the regions, and will look to hold hui with the 6 remaining education regions during August and September.

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