NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes the Green Party's goal
for every New Zealand child to learn Te Reo Maori at school, and is calling for
the professional development and training of teachers needed to make this
The Green Party has today announced its Maori
caucus will be working with parents, teachers, unions, hapū and iwi to create a
plan that will ensure every Kiwi child will learn te reo.
"Te Reo Maori should be a part of our everyday
language, and taught as a key part of New Zealand's curriculum," NZEI President
Lynda Stuart says.
"By normalising Te Reo Maori in our schools we
help make learning more inclusive for Maori children, and we also help ensure
our indigenous language stays truly alive for all of us.
"However, there is a lot of work needed to make
this possible. Many more fluent Maori speakers need to be attracted into
teaching, and strategies and resources are needed to ensure that professional
development and training is provided both at the pre service level, and for
teachers in the classroom.
"This requires a plan, but also much more
Government investment if it's going to happen," Mrs Stuart said.