NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart looks forward to 2018.

Ever since I have been in this job, I have been hearing stories from teachers and principals about the  effect underfunding in education is having on them,  and the children they teach.

They are also telling me they do not have enough time to teach and that they are overworked and undervalued.

Recently I was in Nepal at the Education International Asia Pacific conference and it was clear that many of the issues we face in Aotearoa are faced by our colleagues across the globe.

I heard stories of attempts to decimate teachers unions, concerns around the quality of education, underfunding, high workload and in some countries the need for sizeable pay increases. I travelled to Nepal straight after our Annual Conference in Rotorua.

We set two priorities at the conference. The first: To win pay equity for our support staff, teacher aides and support workers. And the  second : To win a pay jolt and more time to teach for  primary teachers and principals. These campaigns are vitally important.

It is time for us to move forward together, navigate through what may be turbulent waters and achieve our goals together. Together we are strong and together we can win for children and for quality public education – so that every child gets the time and resources they need to thrive and that our educators are valued.

Kua tae te wā!

It is time!

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