On Sunday 8 April five of Kia Aroha College’s “Warrior-Scholars” will be travelling to Canada, with four staff, to attend two conferences where they will present their research on the impact of structuring a school as a whānau, from their perspective as Māori and Pasifika learners. The group has been working on their research since last October and were able to present their results for the first time on Friday when they spoke at the West Auckland Education Forum in New Lynn. Our presentation followed the keynote address from the new Secretary of Education, Lesley Longstone, who impressed us by asking her taxi to wait while she listened to our students!
In Canada the group will visit Vancouver Island where they will meet and speak to First Nations people and visit schools, then return to Vancouver where they will attend the Hands Back, Hands Forward, Gathering of Indigenous People in the Longhouse at the University of British Columbia, and the American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference. We present our research paper at this prestigious conference in a Symposium entitled “Reclaiming Education: Youth Counter-Narratives in the Neo-Liberal Reform Era.”