Libraries & Community Services have been running the Māori and Pasifika literacy programme, Iti Kahurangi and Kakea Te Hiranga. The results from last year’s pilot programme produced an outstanding 90 per cent pass rate.
The programmes were established as a response to the dismal NCEA statistics on Māori and Pasifika English and Te Reo literacy.
“We all know literacy builds relationship, a connection with individuals and communities, and a necessity for personal growth and active participation in society – we want this for our Pasifika and Māori students,” says Rhia Taonui, Council’s Pasifika Liaison Coordinator.
Determined to develop effective literacy learners, the programme has received an overwhelmingly positive response from both parents and teachers. Weaved within a culturally responsive environment, the programmes offer a whanau-friendly, interactive and culturally sound approach to learning, providing students a vital link between home and school.
Nuwyne Te Awe Awe Mohi, Council’s Māori Liason Coordinator says, “These kids have come from kohanga to kura and when they go into a mainstream school there is no accessibility to higher quality reo. The question for us was ‘how do we extend their learning past the classroom?”
English literacy tutor Suzie Watling approaches her lessons by linking literacy and culture, allowing her students to see their culture reflected and inserted positively in subject contents. Students have come to appreciate that reading and writing are genuinely for them and about them – they can relate to the subject matter.
Tiya Blake a tutor at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Palmerston North campus, incorporates a series of activities to stories, including games, worksheets and whanau responsive into her Te reo lessons.
Free to access for Māori and Pasifika NCEA students, the 20 week programme started in May and finishes at the end of September.
In Term 4, Youthspace will host study days to prepare students for their end – of - year exams.
For more information contact: Nuwyne Te Awe Awe Mohi, Māori Liason Coordinator or Rhia Taonui, Pasifika Liaison Coordinator on 06 351 4100