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Maori courses target teachers

Posted at 10:31am Monday 11 Jan, 2021

School staff will be able to register for free te reo Maori lessons as part of a new Ministry of Education programme this year.

The Ministry's Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori programme offers lessons for all competency levels and is open to staff working in early childhood education to college.

The 120-hour programme will be delivered online and at weekly classes at wānanga (public education institutions) or noho marae.

A further 50-hour follow-up programme over eight weeks will also be available.

The aim is to make use of local teachers to encourage use of ‘localised dialect', but a teacher for schools in Auckland's north has yet to be appointed.

The Ministry anticipates that classes will start around March/April.

It says the aim is to normalise the use of te reo in the education sector and to integrate the language into all levels of learning.

Register interest at tereo.maorigroup@education.govt.nz

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