web analytics
Te Whāriki

Government Evades Christianity?

Te Whāriki

On the “portal for education information in New Zealand, maintained by the Ministry of Education” it is eye-catching that, while celebrations of other spirituality and world religions are explicitly mentioned in the Awareness days/weeks to celebrate in Early Childhood Education in our country, there is no referring to the well-known Christian celebrations.

Chinese New Year (Chinese religious festival), Matariki (pre-Christian Maori), and Diwali (Hindu) are listed – with links to resources. There is no mention of Easter or Christmas. And also no mention of any Jewish or Muslim celebrations.

Te Whāriki, the Ministry of Education’s helpful early childhood curriculum policy statement, is quoted:

Celebrating awareness days supports the Belonging strand of Te Whāriki. In particular it supports these 2 goals:
Goal 1: Children and their families experience an environment where they can affirm and extend connecting links with the family and the wider world.
Goal 3: Children and their families experience an environment where they feel comfortable with the routines, customs and regular events.

Surely Christmas and Easter immediately spring to mind? Let alone positive awareness of, say, Ramadan and Pesach.

There is no quoting of the further positive Part C: Strand 4 of Te Whāriki:

The languages and symbols of their own and other cultures are promoted and protected.

Surely Christmas and Easter are part of our own and other cultures?

There is provision to “Let us know what you think we should add.” I have forwarded the content of this blog post as my contribution.

What do you think?

If you appreciated this post, do remember to like the liturgy facebook page, use the RSS feed, and signing up for a not-very-often email, …

image source

Similar Posts:

2 thoughts on “Government Evades Christianity?”

  1. It seems that 48% of New Zealand is Christian. Perhaps they are excluding Christian holidays (as well as Jewish and Islamic) in favor of raising awareness for lesser known holidays, such as Diwali and Matariki. It does seem rather strange.

  2. Outrageous. Not least as the Education Act stated that NZ Education was to be free, compulsory, and secular. Astonishing that the Bible and / or Christian tradition cannot gain access to NZ schools but the traditions and customs and beliefs of so many other religions are welcome and trumpeted!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.