is making them better at their jobs
As part of a series this week, RNZ is looking at efforts to ensure schools and teachers are using reo and tikanga every day. Today, teachers tell RNZ that learning te reo is making them into better educators.
This month saw the start of the first courses in a $100 million push to teach te reo and tikanga to 40,000 early childhood and school teachers over the next four years.
The courses come as learning and speaking te reo have essentially become compulsory for teachers - they have to attest to using the language in order to renew their practising certificates, and the government wants all schools using it every day.
The Minister of Māori Crown Relations and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said Māori children should be able to hear their language in their schools.