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Learning is never over:
We all have to keep learning.

Schools are the hubs of their communities in an ever-changing world. During Covid 19’s lockdown -just as it was after the Earthquakes in Christchurch years ago – school had to change drastically, and it was a shock for everyone, not just the children and young people, but their parents and whanau, as well as the staff.

Our public education system needs adequate funding to be able to adapt and sustain its community, not just in a pandemic or an earthquake but all year round.

Schools shouldn’t have to rely so heavily on parents’ donations for school teams, bands, choirs or clubs to exist, or their school trips to happen. Teachers shouldn’t have to volunteer so much extra time to ensure teams each get a coach or have enough care-givers per child for each outing. Parents with the youngest kids shouldn’t have to weigh up the price of early childcare in a private market against the second income-earner’s wages.

The community relies on education and the price for providing it is not being fully met by government.

This world is changing so fast, sometimes it seems children born this century have more relevant life skills and connectivity than their grandparents, maybe even their parents, or even young people born before the year 2000! Isn’t it time we were all encouraged to go back to school by a government that prioritises public – not privatised - education?

All people deserve a long term education plan, and as a hub of learning for the community, New Zealand’s schools should be funded to insure:

  • Inclusivity for those who live remotely or have disabilities

  • Play-based learning methodologies and a fully funded early childhood education programme, with 100% qualified teachers

  • The full history of this land and our first languages, Te Reo and Sign alongside English, are equal, not marginal, inside our curriculum

  • Support the Early Learning Action Plan for 2020-29 and pay parity for Early Childhood Education teacherAdequate cultural modules throughout primary and secondary school that help us explore the world’s diversity of religions, music and arts, and histories

  • Essential but appropriate social modules that equip us in a changing world with the social skills everyone needs to lead independent and fulfilling lives

  • Appropriate child-teacher ratios

  • An independent complaints mechanism

This election, we encourage all New Zealanders to engage candidates with the following questions, then vote for those that answer YES!

  1. Will you increase funding for learning support to ensure that children with special needs and disabilities can fully participate and achieve across early childhood education, primary and secondary education?

  2. Will you increase funding for more teachers – to reduce the child to teacher ratio – to support their ongoing professional development across early childhood education, primary and secondary education?

  3. Do you support making Te Reo, Sign and the full history of Aotearoa compulsory in schools?

  4. Do you understand what a child-centred approach is, and will you call for adopting one in all education reform?

  5. Will you support establishment of an independent complaints mechanism for children and their families experiencing violations and abuses of their rights?

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