Children take hands-on way to oppose cuts
Last Friday early childhood centres around the country put their hands together in a National Day of Action against the Government’s cuts to early childhood education tomorrow.
Centres planned events and the focus for the day was the collection of handprints.
Ra Itu Koanga Reo o Tokoroa was one of these centres who encouraged its children to paint their hands and plant them on a petition area.
Many centres lost almost 13 per cent of their budgets as a result of the government funding cuts, which target those services which have more than 80 per cent qualified staff.
As a result fees to parents have gone up by 12 per cent nationwide.
New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa Early Education Miro Maori’s Josephine TuriaKoteka said Ra Itu Koanga Reo o Tokoroa had a great response toward the petition.
‘‘Hopefully the government considers reinstating.’’
She said the Tokoroa centre had experienced the effects of the cuts with a staff restructure taking place last year and another is expected.
More than 56,000 New Zealanders have signed an institute petition which has been circulating over the past four months, calling on the government to reverse the funding cuts and invest more in early childhood education. July 1 also marks a new round of cuts to early childhood education with funding being cut for the training and mentoring of hundreds of beginning teachers.
HIGH FIVE FOR CHANGE: Ra Itu Koanga Reo o Tokoroa children Peyton Kohere and Numia Vano showed their support last Friday on the National Day of Action against Government cuts to early childhood eduction.