Literacy program aims to reduce Māori in prison

Kua tutuki i ētahi wāhine mouhere tētahi kaupapa ako whakapakari ā tuhi, ā pānui hou, engari ka ahu pēhea nei ngā hua o te kaupapa ki te kaupare i ngā tatauranga kino a te Māori ki rō Whare Herehere.

Hei ta Mike Williams, te tumu o te NZ Howard League for Penal Reform, ngā kaiwhakahaere o te kaupapa, ka hapai tenei i te hunga mauhere ki te whiwhi raihana taraiwa, ā, he rautaki hoki e kaupare ai i te hokinga atu ki te mahi hara.

"They learn to read to a reading age of about 10 years, which is enough to read the road code, so effectively they are functionally literate in English,” says Mike Williams.

Hei ta Te Kahui o ngā Iwi o Te Ao rima tekau paiheneti o te hunga tāne, ono tekau ma rima paiheneti o te hunga wahine kei ngā whare herehere puta noa i te motu, he Māori, a, he take tēnei e noho hara ana i roto i ngā ture o te ao.

Hei tā Helen Clark, "Although the program is relatively small I hope it can roll out everywhere and really get scale because a lot of men and women in our prisons never got the chance to read and that became the problem."