Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury has established a new Ako | Bachelor of Instructing and Finding out degree that presents a qualification founded in mātauranga Māori (Māori information) for early childhood and primary instructors.
Te Kaupeka Ako | UC Faculty of Education and learning Pūkenga Matua | Senior Lecturer Kay-Lee Jones (Te Whānau a Kai, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Ngāti Porou), suggests the new programme will support deal with a shortage of reo Māori speaking teachers and equip new lecturers with knowledge of nearby tales and histories within Waitaha Canterbury.
“Our objective is to introduce a pathway that provides opportunities for trainee academics to boost their competency and self-confidence to kōrero [speak] Māori and to instruct in te reo Māori, as very well as embedding tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori in the course of their follow.
“There is a shortage of good quality reo-talking lecturers throughout Aotearoa, but it is even a lot more dire in Te Waipounamu [South Island] wherever there is a genuine need for Māori trainer education.”
Graduates will be competent to train in Māori medium and English medium educational institutions and early childhood centres.
UC College of Schooling Pūkenga | Lecturer Jody Hohaia (Kāi Tahu, Raukawa, Tainui) states at current lots of kaiāwhina (help personnel) and kaiārahi i te reo (support personnel fluent in te reo Māori) working in early childhood centres and faculties do not have a recognised training qualification.
The new programme will give them an possibility to analyze towards a teaching diploma whilst enabling them to keep on being in paid out employment.
“Our purpose is for this new programme to develop a pathway wherever they can see a upcoming in training, and they can understand whilst doing the job and supporting their whānau. It is obtainable for men and women who require an cash flow even though they are researching. It gives a discipline-primarily based choice the place their on-their-career experiences are recognised as section of the course.”
Hohaia states every applicant for the programme will have a hui (assembly) on entry, accompanied by their whānau, and an individualised tactic will be produced relying on their strengths, requires, aspirations and expertise.
“There will be a dialogue about what their pathway could glimpse like. For those people who have a large heart for te reo Māori me ōna tikanga [customs], but are however building fluency, there is a pathway for them.”
Jones provides that the Mātauranga Māori pathway will recognise those who enter the programme with significant proficiency in te reo Māori and information of tikanga.
“These taonga (treasures) of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga are really useful and sought-after capabilities and will be recognised at entry.”
The new Ako | Bachelor of Teaching and Mastering degree encompasses a few different programmes. A single presents a qualification in Early Childhood educating, one in Primary training and the 3rd strand is Mātauranga Māori for Early Childhood and Principal teaching.
Jones says the new strategy will allow for the interweaving of Māori and Western knowledge streams into the training course design and style for all a few Bachelor of Teaching and Understanding programmes.
“This speaks to bicultural commitments we hold for the long run of education in Aotearoa”.
Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga and Māori values are woven by way of all a few pathways, but the Mātauranga Māori programme will prioritise Māori knowledges, regional cultural narratives, te maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar) and te taiao (the ecosystem) while extending self confidence and competence to educate in and by te reo Māori.
The third and remaining year of the Mātauranga Māori diploma programme will be taught mainly in reo rumaki (complete immersion) and the 1st two decades will be reo rua (bilingual) delivery.
The new Ako | Bachelor of Educating and Studying diploma will be introduced in 2023. Entire-time and portion-time research possibilities will be out there for all programmes. The Early Childhood and Major Schooling programmes will have on-campus shipping and delivery and length studying choices, while the Mātauranga Māori programme will be available on the net, with immersive studying chances for learners this sort of as becoming hosted at a neighborhood marae to learn the histories and tales of mana whenua.