April 6, 2022, 1:01 p.m.
Erina Harrison of Te Rito, Te Whare Reo speaks about the inequities Puna Reo face without recognition from the Ministry of Education.
Erina Harrison says that Puna Reo needs to be represented at a national level to ensure parity among education providers
Puna Reo have become popular throughout Aotearoa as a modernised way of teaching indigenous languages to tamariki of all ethnicities. While Kōhanga Reo provides a similar concept under Te Korowai - Puna Reo have more flexibility working under the Early Childhood Education framework in terms of funding, kaupapa ako and rangatiratanga in managing facilities. However, there's a lack of representation for this particular style of Early Childhood Education Centre and it's time that the Ministry of Education acknowledge these Puna Reo and have a place for them as a National Kāhui to be a part of decision making.