Celebrating the draft national curriculum for kura kaupapa Maori

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The Minister of Maori Affairs and Associate Minister of Education, Dr Pita Sharples has congratulatedthe kura kaupapa Maori movement for developing their own national curriculum.

Dr Sharples has joined more than a hundred whare kura students at Huinga Reo Wananga being held at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi in Auckland today to celebrate and honour the work that has been done to date on the draft curriculum.

Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua has been developed by the national body Te Runanganui o Nga Kura Kaupapa o Maori Aotearoa and it has beentrialled by kura kaupapa Maori around the country.

Te Aho Matua offers a blueprint for the expression of Maori values and beliefs in education. Having a curriculum for Te Aho Matua will support kaiako and kura whanau to implement those Maori principles, says Dr Pita Sharples.

Te Aho Matua principles include Te Ira Tangata, Te Reo, Nga Iwi, Te Ao, Ahutanga Ako and Te Tino Uaratanga.

All of these principles are about putting the learner first, embedding Maori knowledge and ensuring tamariki are receiving instruction in and through te reo Maori.

I would like to acknowledge the immense amount of work that has gone in to this draft curriculum by Te Runanganui and the schools that have agreed to trial it.

Next year Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi, which was the first school in the country to set itself up based on Te Aho Matua, will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

In the early days, we were worried our language wouldnt survive. Today, there are close to 17,000 tamariki at more than 270 Maori medium schools and settings. Maori medium education is now a well established and essential part of New Zealands educational landscape, says Dr Sharples.

Following further trialling, Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua will be officially launched in April 2015.

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