Building capability in cultural competencies a key part of He Taunga Waka workshops
Staff at Manukau Institute of Technology spent a day recently with our top Maori facilitators in a He Taunga Waka (HTW) workshop. HTW, a programme funded by Tertiary Education Commission, aims to support educators working with adult Maori and Pacific foundation learners with numeracy and literacy.
(Pictured Mei Winitana (HTW team is centre front) shown here with one workshop group)
Having the luxury of time and space to debate difficult cultural issues in a safe environment was appreciated. Using the Powhiri process as a metaphor, the group discussed the policies and processes (tikanga) around the whole MIT learning journey for the student and the staff.
Identifying where MIT might do better was no easy admission, but the new awareness and knowledge gained from this workshop has provided the impetus for some possible changes within MIT. The workshop participants acknowledge the support of senior management in engaging in these discussions and encourage more MIT staff to take advantage of these PD opportunities.
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