NZEI launches Vote For Me, Vote for Education campaign
31 July 2017 - Children have more at stake than most in this year’s general election. They can't vote, so NZEI Te Riu Roa is asking New Zealanders to vote for children by voting for education when we choose which party to support in September.
The “Vote for Me, Vote for Education” postcard campaign and pledge was launched this morning, with the help of children from Wellington’s Te Aro School.
“Vote for Me, Vote for Education is about reminding New Zealanders what’s at stake when decisions are made about public education – and that’s the hopes, dreams and future of our children,” NZEI President Lynda Stuart said.
“Too often, children’s voices are missing when adults make the big decisions that will affect their future. Children don’t get a vote, so we’re encouraging adults to think about what’s needed so every child gets the best education, and all our children can achieve their potential.
“We’re asking New Zealanders to sign our pledge to vote for children this September by supporting parties that promise to ensure schools and ECE services have better funding, for better learning. This includes an immediate funding jolt for schools and ECE, more teachers, much better access to support for children with additional learning needs, and a much stronger focus on the cultural and language needs of Maori and Pasifikia children.
“Every one who signs the pledge is sending a loud and clear message to parties, MPs and candidates—that they can count on our vote if they commit to a well resourced, public education system that sets kids up for life,” Mrs Stuart said.
Look out for our colourful postcards at schools, kura, ECE centres and kohanga.
Go to www.VoteEducation.org.nz to sign the pledge, learn about our policy ask and see more Vote for Me materials.