Education for All rally at Parliament, 23 September 2016

The Education for All network is made up of disabled people, families, educators and service providers. As an active member of this network, NZEI Te Riu Roa has been able to work with others to lobby government to increase funding and support for inclusive education.

In September 2016 we held a rally at Parliament to let government know that they must invest in education, rather than just tweak education, and that their Special Education Update was a totally inadequate response to the issues in the system. The rally called for a well-resourced education system that supports the rights of every learner to fully participate and succeed.

Inclusive NZ released an open letter to then-Minister Hekia Parata asking for a full commitment to inclusive education, and a matching petition gathered over 3400 signatures from members of the public.

See some videos from the rally below.

Bernadette Macartney

Etta Bollinger

Rachel Noble

Giovanni Tiso