In 2019, over 3,000 teachers and 25,000 students, completed EP’s Te Reo Māori course, but we’re just getting started!

This year EP aspires to have 10 times the number of participants understanding and actively speaking basic Te Reo Māori. To get there we plan to enhance the Kaupapa Māori content and invest time in the community to assist individuals, teachers, schools and businesses in acquiring this important taonga.

“This is such an important initiative for us at EP, considering our heritage as a Kiwi Tech business. We see it as our responsibility to do our bit to grow confidence and competence in using our national taonga.”
Alex Burke, EP CEO.

In 2019, EP supported New Zealand kaiako to improve their knowledge of Te Ao Māori and use of Te Reo Māori in the classroom. EP’s Te Reo Māori course was hugely popular as it could be completed online whenever teachers found available time. Upon completion of the course, teachers received a certificate to acknowledge their efforts and commitment to developing their overall knowledge of Kaupapa Māori .

“We’re proud to be able to support so many teachers and students across the country with learning Te Reo Māori. We have fantastic course material, which we hope will encourage both schools and businesses across Aotearoa to pick up the essentials of Te Reo Māori and general tikanga.”
James Santure, EP Head of Product and Content.

“It has been a really interesting and valuable experience and I have thoroughly appreciated being in the role of a learner and being able to walk in the shoes of our students.”
Stephanie Barnett, Deputy Principal at Rangi Ruru Girls School.

EP is also receiving growing interest from a number of businesses who are looking to support their staff to learn Te Reo Māori. A huge positive for businesses is that EP can work with them to tailor the course to their specific needs. The course can be completed on any device including mobile, removing barriers to learning.

This work with businesses links closely with EP’s recent launch of their EP for Work product, which combines a cutting edge technology platform with instructional design services, alongside comprehensive support and training.

To lead this initiative, EP has appointed Te Rau Winterburn as Head of Kaupapa Māori. Te Rau has a long history of teaching and advocating for Te Reo Māori across all sectors, and will drive the ongoing development of EP’s courses, while supporting schools and businesses across the country. Te Rau is of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and Ngāti Kahungunu descent.

 

 

“I have a deep passion for our reo, Te Ao Māori, bilingualism and multiculturalism. I am very excited to bring my skills, knowledge and expertise to EP to further enhance the impact that our Kaupapa Māori content will have on kura, kaiako and businesses throughout Aotearoa and beyond.”
Te Rau Winterburn, EP Head of Kaupapa Māori.

 

 

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