School teachers, principals and support staff are now able to register for Te Ahu o te Reo Māori – a new, nationwide programme in 2021 for beginners through to fluent speakers working in education who are keen to develop their language skills and knowledge.
The scheme, which was piloted last year among over 1000 education sector professionals, will begin next year with a 120-hour programme offered through weekly classes and online lessons. It encourages education sector staff workforce to develop their te reo skills and integrate the language in their teaching and wider school setting.
Following the 120-hour course, further support will be offered through a support programme of up to 50 hours spread across eight weeks to offer additional help in maximising use in the classroom.
Registrations are open to:
English medium teachers from early learning services through to secondary school
Māori medium kaiako, from Kōhanga Reo through to wharekura
Non-teaching and support staff in kura, schools, wharekura, early learning services and Kōhanga Reo.
Based on a te reo Māori competency framework Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, learning will focus on the use of local dialect, practice of reo use for a classroom setting, grammar and writing conventions, curriculum development and language planning for the classroom.
Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will be offered in 10 Ministry of Education locations across Aotearoa:
Tai Tokerau/Auckland/Waikato, Bay of Plenty/Waiariki, Taranaki/Manawatū/Whanganui, Hawkes Bay/Tairāwhiti, Wellington, Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast, Canterbury/Chatham Islands and Otago/Southland.
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