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    Should we be teaching Te Reo Māori in our schools?
    12 September
    Public discussion Created by CORE Education

    In 2018, most educators would say we already do teach Te Reo Māori, while others in the community might see things differently. So why teach Te Reo Māori in mainstream schools?

    Tamara Bell says, it’s beneficial for all students, all New Zealanders. This is a language that belongs to us as country, it’s a beautiful language and our students have a right to learn that language, and it will always be with them when they travel overseas...it's a fantastic way to link back to their own history and heritage.

    In this EDtalks video, Tamara goes on to say,

    NZ curriculum clearly states in its principles that Treaty of Waitangi is something that needs to be upheld in all of our classrooms and in article two of the Treaty it clearly states that Māori have the right to retain their taonga and Te Reo Maori is a taonga. It's a treasure for Māori people and it’s not an easy thing to uphold in the home, if you don’t have the support at school as well. All New Zealanders’ as New Zealanders have a right to learn Te Reo Māori at school.

    So if we honour the historical perspective and affirm the value of Te Reo Māori as the indigenous language of New Zealand, what happens if teachers aren’t feeling confident to teach Te Reo Maori?

    Project director for Ako Panuku, Hineihaea Murphy believes we need people – adults, children, Māori, non-Māori – to be motivated to learn te reo Māori. One solution for mainstream non-speaking teachers? Baby steps...

    “Imagine if a child was taught two words and one phrase of Te Reo Māori each week from the time they started New Entrants. After 10 years at school they could potentially know 800 words and 400 phrases.” The big debate: Should Te Reo be compulsory in our schools?

    What are your ‘baby steps’ for learning and/or teaching Te Reo Māori going forward? We'd love to hear from you.

     


    Also see:

    Kia ora and tēnā rawa atu koe Ānaru. There are digital resources that can help with Ahakoa iti, ākona, kōrerotia. Some fresh new apps in It's Cool to Kōrero from Kiwa Digital.

    I'm loving Kupu and I've also downloaded the Pepeha app, which I can see would be useful if you're learning 'little by little' and wanting to greet people/or present using your pepeha.

    Pepeha

    And CORE's very own Kīwaha - Kēreru Te Reo set which is currently on sale.

    Kēreru set 

    No doubt there are students making resources for Te Reo Te Ao Māori too. Anyone seeing that happening in schools & kura?

    - By Tessa Gray
      • Tessa Gray
        By Tessa Gray
        Sep 13

        Kia ora and tēnā rawa atu koe Ānaru. There are digital resources that can help with Ahakoa iti, ākona, kōrerotia. Some fresh new apps in It's Cool to Kōrero from Kiwa Digital.

        I'm loving Kupu and I've also downloaded the Pepeha app, which I can see would be useful if you're learning 'little by little' and wanting to greet people/or present using your pepeha.

        Pepeha

        And CORE's very own Kīwaha - Kēreru Te Reo set which is currently on sale.

        Kēreru set 

        No doubt there are students making resources for Te Reo Te Ao Māori too. Anyone seeing that happening in schools & kura?

        • Anaru White
          By Anaru White
          Sep 13

          Kia ora!

          Ahakoa iti, ākona, kōrerotia - Learn a little, use a little

          This phrase is being used for Māori Langauge week this year and supports the 'baby steps' idea and is a great place/way to start in schools.

          I would also be interested to hear what everyone is doing, what resources are useful to support each other.

           

           

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