Tēnā koutou katoa,
NZEI Te Riu Roa is committed to ensuring every one of our members is heard and supported during the Covid-19 pandemic, using all the expertise, resources and channels we have available.
One of these channels is our twice-yearly magazine, AKO, which ordinarily takes a deeper look into the ways members throughout the country are rising to the many challenges of being an education professional in the 21st century.
The pandemic – and the current lockdown – means that instead of the upcoming winter print issue, we have decided to run an online rolling special edition at akojournal.org.nz, devoted to NZEI Te Riu Roa members’ response to Covid-19. Each week, we’ll post interviews with members and other features about a variety of challenges and initiatives from around the country. We hope they’ll provide solace, entertainment and support to you.
This Covid-19 online edition will be responsive, and we would love to hear your suggestions for what you’d like to learn and who you’d like to hear from. How are you staying connected with your colleagues, your students and whānau? How are you addressing the challenges of online learning? How are you looking after yourself?
Please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
NZEI Te Riu Roa President / Te Manukura
Liam Rutherford is the NZEI Te Riu Roa National President/Te Manukura from 2020.
Professor Linda Mitchell and her colleagues surveyed 156 managers from Early Childhood Education (ECE) providers on the initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report explores challenges concerning the sustainability of ECE services and raises critical questions regarding funding and planning. It suggests now is a good time to rethink the purpose of ECE, to redefine ECE as a public good, and to plan, fund and support it accordingly.
Last Friday, ECE kaiako and their supporters across the country showed that ECE is primed for investment, by sending their ‘shovel-ready’ photos to key decision-makers in a day of action.
Qualified ECE teachers are paid on average 24% (and up to 49%) less than their Kindergarten counterparts, despite doing what is effectively the same job. Now, ECE teachers are campaigning for fair pay: parity with Kindergarten.