Key ideas around whanaungatanga:
- relationship through shared experiences
- process of getting to know each other (whakawhanaungatanga)
- associated values
- collective responsibility
The discussion today focused on how we look after our students, how we work as a team and how we use a holistic and integrated model of how we work with students and families.
I shared some key ideas from an article by Jenny Ritchie and Cheryl Rau called “Enacting a whakawhanaungatanga approach in early childhood education” (Early Childhood Folio 10: 2006). This is one of the first articles I read as a Teacher that made me go “ahhhh…” there is the connection between my values and Te Ao Māori.
I read out my favourite bit:
“Foremost was the effort by educators to generate a sense of whanaungatanga, so that all members of the centre community felt included as part of a caring collective with common aspirations and values and shared responsibility, inspired by educators demonstrating their willingness to identify and support the needs of all members of that collective.”
I always think of early childhood centres and schools as being the “hub” of their community. They can have huge impact on the socio-cultural values of the wider community. Surely if children learn to look after each other in these communities this will transfer over into who they grow up to be?