Campaigning for better education funding

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For the first time, three organisations have joined forces to tour New Zealand to promote better funding in schools and early childhood centres.
New Zealand Educational Institute, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, and Etu Stand Tall have joined forces for the Better Funding, Better Learning Heartland tour.
The van was in the Gore district yesterday, collecting signatures for a petition asking Minister of Education Hekia Parata to improve funding for early learning centres and schools.
NZEI Hokonui president Dana Turnbull said it was really important to get more funding for support staff.
“Having teacher aides in the classroom makes my job possible,” Mrs Turnbull said.
Yesterday the van went to Elsie Street Kindergarten, West Gore School, Mataura School, Oxford Kindergarten and East Gore School and parked on Main St, Mataura, to canvas for public support.
Yesterday evening they met Clutha/Southland MP Todd Barclay to present postcards with messages on them and share stories.
Education touches everyone, Mrs Turnbull said.
This was why funding for education was really important, she said.
NZEI field officer Ainslie Forbes said the organisations had had great support from the public, which was “really inspiring”.
“We know we can make a difference when everyone stands together.”
There was an online petition that people could sign, Ms Forbes said.
The van is heading to Bluff today.