Nine months in New Zealand have passed quickly for three cohorts of more than 70 Saudi Arabian principals and teachers who travelled here to learn about New Zealand’s education system. Now they are looking forward to taking what they have learned and applying it back home.
From small town Otangarei a local teacher could be teaching te reo to a group of Maori students across the ditch.
More than 70 Saudi Arabian teachers are in New Zealand for nine months to learn about New Zealand’s education system.
JUDE BARBACK accompanied eight primary school kids on a new school exchange programme to Korea and witnessed first-hand what an impact such experiences can have – not just on the students, but on the school and its wider community.
New Zealand has a dire shortage of teachers. Yet despite recruitment campaigns and refresher programmes, a number of stories are emerging of overseas and returning teachers struggling to navigate the systems and costs involved with getting work in New Zealand schools. JUDE BARBACK suggests that valuing the existing teacher workforce is a better long-term solution.
An outpouring of public support may outweigh foreign students' fears that they may be attacked if they come to NZ, a Muslim student leader says.
New Zealand education initiative Longworth Forest has been selected by global education non-profit HundrED as one of its 100 innovative education projects across the world.