26 Jan 2010

Kohanga reo network hailed by UNESCO

6:03 am on 26 January 2010

A kohanga reo pioneer Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi is celebrating a United Nations report praising the Maori language early childhood network.

Waatea News reports the UNESCO report on education for indigenous people around the world said kohanga reo's ethos of self-help and commitment to continuity across generations has inspired young parents and demonstrated the immense benefits of revitalising the language.

Dame Iritana said it's a boost for the families who started kohanga reo 28 years ago.

She said other indigenous peoples have embraced the kohanga system to revitalise their own languages.