24 Kaiwhakaako from across the top of the South gathered at the Whakatū marae this week. The purpose of the Wānanga was to engage in critical learning and reform conversations that explore how to achieve equity and excellence for those students currently underserved by our system. This Wānanga complemented the eLearning modules that have been completed over the past 8 months by teachers across a number of Kāhui Ako. We were challenged to activate our own agency at a personal level and question how our new understandings might support and enhance a system that promotes belonging, equity and excellence, particularly for Māori learners. Time was spent learning, rethinking and redefining our role so that Māori students are able to receive education without having to compromise their own cultural identity.
Mā te huruhuru ka rere te mana
Adorn the bird with feathers and it will fly.