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Education

” Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere;  ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao”

The bird who partakes of the miro berry – owns the forest. The bird who partakes of education – owns the world.

Education plays an essential role in helping people toward their purpose, their dreams, and aspirations in life. This Principle of Purpose is foundational in our education policies. Every life is important to the success of our nation because every life has a wonderful purpose to fulfil. A good education system should skilfully prepare children and young people for life. We believe in the potential of every person to be the best they can be and contribute to making our schools an inviting place to learn, grow, develop, and inspire. We believe that teachers should be valued, and adequately resourced so they can fulfil their role effectively. Education and educators are there to inspire pupils and students to open and expand their minds.

Education is a tool for building a society that can interpret, analyse, and think critically and creatively. In the 21st century our children are facing some of history’s most significant challenges as the world becomes increasingly more complex with  the rapid development of technologies, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, and human potential. Because we love our children and wish to protect them, ONE Party supports educational choice. Parents are the first educators and should be better equipped to enable them to do that.

ONE Party supports:

  1. School fees for Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools being made tax-deductible within New Zealand.
  2. Charter Schools which have the liberty to exercise their unique expression that enhances children’s abilities to learn and apply what they learn.
  3. The principle of educational money following the student. This would help resource the student independent of where their parents choose to school them.
  4. Investment in an educational framework that will see the next generation of Kiwi children better qualified and ready to take on the rapidly changing world to help build a better New Zealand.
  5. Teachers who are seeking to reignite their passion for teaching, to form and fabricate programmes that build confidence and identity in both the children and their teachers.
  6. Removal of the suspension process and introduction of anger management counselling for the student and their family through the Social Worker in Schools programme. We will invest in all levels of education that deliver the best-qualified teachers, greater professional development, and more effective learning resources.
  7. Practical life skills within the education system such as Budgeting, Driving and Life Application courses.
  8. Compulsory recycling & waste management curriculum being taught in all schools.
  9. Compulsory ‘growing food’ curriculum being taught in all schools.
  10. A ban on mobile phones in the classroom.

ONE Party seeks:

  1. Teacher aides paid the minimum living wage
  2. Repeal of the Charter Schools legislation
  3. Abolishment of National NCEA standards
  4. Rebuilding and refurbishment of outdated and worn school facilities
  5. The increase of living costs supported to $50 a week for student allowances
  6. Restoration of post-graduate students’ eligibility for student allowances
  7. Tertiary students as apprentices, giving them a wage subsidy
  8. Free, full-time early childhood education from the age of three
  9. Reduction in the administration burden on teachers

ONE Party understands that:

  • Learning is dynamic, and one form of learning does not suit all learners.  Therefore, we are committed to investment in our schools at all levels, from pre-school to tertiary institutes and alternative training academies to create learning environments and methods that focus on the learners’ needs and learning style.
  • Specific consideration needs to be given to ‘special needs students’.
  • There is a growing demand for Christian Teachers’ Colleges, Universities, Polytechnics and Trade Training with Christian ethics.
  • Home schooling is a legitimate learning option and we will continue to support this alternative.
  • There are opportunities within the Christian community – 8 to 10 church congregations could pool their resources and educate their school-aged children together. Those churches could find retired or current teachers within those churchgoers to supervise the children all together.
  • Clusters of home school groups will be encouraged and resourced to develop more sports and other outings, etc. together. Regional and inter-regional, even national sports and other competitions would be organised to develop leader and shape the future for our younger generations.