Tuku Marumaru

A Game-Changing Tutoring Programme

TupuOra, a Māori education provider, has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative called Tuku Marumaru, a tutoring program designed exclusively for kura kaupapa and wharekura students in years seven to 13. This innovative program is a game-changer, aimed at upskilling ākonga (students) in specialised subjects such as mathematics, science, and the arts while using te reo Māori as the primary medium of instruction.

A Tailored Approach to Learning

Tuku Marumaru is far from a one-size-fits-all solution. It offers a personalised tutoring experience that extends over a minimum of 10 weeks. Students can expect one weekly tutoring session lasting 45 to 60 minutes, with the flexibility to choose between face-to-face and online sessions. This adaptability makes it easier for students to access tutoring both during and outside of regular school hours.

The program is delivered through a combination of one-on-one tutoring, small group wānanga (learning sessions), and online resources. The educators responsible for delivering these services are highly qualified and part of the TupuOra staff.

A Response to Educational Disruptions

Tuku Marumaru was born out of a necessity – a response to the Loss of Learning Initiative. When Education Minister Jan Tenetti acknowledged the need for initiatives to support students who had their education disrupted by school closures, staff and student illnesses, and isolation due to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Preserving Culture and Language

Te Waipounamu Teinakore, the mana whakahaere (leader) of TupuOra, emphasised the importance of this resource in helping ākonga become acquainted with their education and instilling the confidence to learn and excel in their first language, te reo Māori.

The program aligns with Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori curriculum, and complements classroom learning experiences. Subjects covered include te reo Māori, sociology and history, mathematics and statistics, science, technology, health, arts, and English.

A Collaborative Approach

One of the key features of Tuku Marumaru is the meticulous matching of students with tutors who are not only matatau (experts) in their fields but who can also work closely with kaiako (teachers) and whānau (families) to address the specific learning needs of the ākonga.

Accessing Tuku Marumaru

If you are a kaiako, kura, or ākonga seeking support or an extension through Tuku Marumaru, expressions of interest are now being accepted. Families are encouraged to inquire with their respective kura or wharekura to find out if they are working with TupuOra to support their tamaiti (child).

Teinakore underlines the program’s commitment to building confidence in tamariki (children) and their education by working alongside them and empowering them through mātauranga (education).

In addition to tutoring support, registrants gain full access to the literacy support program Te Tuhirau, a reo Māori resource created by TupuOra.

Tuku Marumaru is a transformative initiative that not only empowers Māori students but also celebrates and preserves their culture and language, ensuring that they thrive academically while staying true to their heritage. This program signifies a promising step forward in Māori education, offering a brighter future for young learners.

This information was sourced and rewritten from an article on Stuff.co.nz


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