Associate Education Minister Pita Sharples has launched ‘Tātaiako’ – a resource to help teachers in schools and early childhood centres improve their cultural awareness and skills.
“’Tātaiako’ challenges and encourages teachers to see how their own culture has shaped them, and to recognise the importance of understanding the identity, language and culture of Māori students. That way teachers can engage better with Māori students, their whānau and iwi, and build a better basis for more effective teaching.” Said Dr Sharples.
Tātaiako was developed by the Ministry of Education, with the assistance of the New Zealand Teachers Council and an invited group of academics and iwi representatives involved in education.
The resource is available here.