Kirsty Johnston, education reporter writes in her NZ Herald article that the weight of New Zealand’s superdiverse future rests heavily on our schools but cultural learning needs more than just lip service.
She quotes Dr Sharon Harvey, AUT’s School of Language and Culture’s head as saying that language learning should be deemed urgent and she had been pushing for a national language strategy to ensure language learning does not continue its decline. Twenty per cent of students in NZ secondary schools learn a second language – the lowest participation rate in over 80 years.
Janine Chin, Manager at Confucius Institute sums up the article with “Regardless what part of NZ you’re in the demographics are changing. We need to equip our students”
For Kristy Johnston’s full article on Superdiversity click here