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Major push for Māori education

The Ministry of Education is seeking 600 new te reo advocates as part of a plan to integrate te reo Māori into schools.

Associate Minister of Education, Kelvin Davis said it was known that educational success was higher for tamariki who learned in or through te reo Māori. 

“That’s why our Government is committed to every child having te reo Māori in their learning by 2025,” Mr Davis said.

“To help us achieve this goal, we launched Te Ahu o te Reo Māori this year, with nearly 700 teachers giving it a go,” he said.

“It was such a hit we’ve decided to do it again in 2020.”

He said there had already been more than 900 expressions of interest for next year’s courses.

In 2019, 685 teachers, kaiako, principals and support staff took part in Te Ahu o te Reo Māori with 576 participants completing the course.

Other initiatives to support Māori students to succeed as Māori include Te Kawa Matakura, an education program that will grow future young Māori leaders through mātauranga and te reo Māori, and addressing racism and unconscious bias across the system with a $42 million investment in Te Hurihanganui.

Registrations for Te Ahu o te Reo Māori 2020 are open, with courses beginning from February.