Community action planning for 2nd November
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini. • Our strength is not that of a single warrior but that of many.
In the lead up to proposed rolling strikes, we need to explain to parents, whānau and our wider communities why we are taking this action. It’s their support that will make a huge difference in getting the Government to take the necessary action.
Talking with parents kanohi ki te kanohi - face to face - is the most powerful tool you have.
The key thing is to communicate why we need to take this action. It’s about their kids’ future. It's about attracting and retaining teachers, having more time to teach and having truly inclusive schools where all children can learn and thrive.
So please plan with your colleagues how you will talk to your families on our day of community engagement on Friday 2 November. It could be discussions at the pedestrian crossing, coffee in the staff room, or signs at your local roundabout... you decide! There's also a flyer you can print out to share with parents and caregivers.
Below is one activity you could do.
Tell your local MP whether your parents/caregivers support teachers & principals
The objective of this action is to take a message to the people who can make a difference, MP’s, from the people they will listen to, their voters.
So we are aiming to take the voice of parents, expressing their views on our issues, to your local MP.
We are suggesting you interview parents with one/two short questions and send the ‘results’ to your local MP – either as a short 30-60 video, or written results of your ‘survey’.
- Interview parents at the school gate:
- Decide whether you would like to make a video or run the activity as a survey.
- Ensure you have the things you need:
- Video: A video camera (phone camera will do!) and someone who can operate it. Editing isn’t necessary if you make sure you record in a single take; and a smart phone’s in-built video editor will let you cut unnecessary bits out without too much technical knowledge needed. Have a practice first if you haven’t done it before!
- An interviewer, or more than one interviewer if it is a survey.
- Survey: Clipboards/hard-cover book(s) to record results. How many parents will you canvas?
- The questions. Our suggestions are (and you can download question sheets here):
There is a nationwide teacher shortage. Last term, over half of schools reported that they didn’t have enough, with the problem set to worsen in coming years. Children with additional learning needs aren’t getting the support they need.
- Do you want the Government to fix these problems?
- Teachers and principals are asking for a total package that would cost $900million to address this. The Govt has a 5&1/2 billion dollar surplus. Would you like them to spend 16% of that surplus on education or to save it all for a ‘rainy day’?
- Send the results to your local MP.
We suggest you post any videos or a summary of the results onto their Facebook page. Keep it short to grab their attention. Videos are most watched if they are 30-60 seconds. Try to keep your summary of survey results to a few sentences.
Other action ideas
Actions that raise visibility of the campaign and/ or build community support and/or get members involved in campaign activities will help us to win. Some ideas include:
- Posting on your community Facebook page
- Getting all your colleagues involved in planning activities to promote the campaign
- Writing a letter to the editor
- Talking to local media and inviting them to come and see how the issues are impacting your school (eg. split classes because of a lack of relievers)
- Sharing Facebook material from NZEI
- Speaking to your Board of Trustees
- Organising an event at your school to promote the campaign
- Sharing information in your school newsletter about the campaign and how the issues relate to your school
- Lobbying your local MP to talk about the campaign issues and how they can be addressed
- Having a stall at local markets to share campaign information
- Telling stories about issues (and solutions) at relevant public meetings and events
- Talking with friends and family members about the campaign
- Setting up a staff notice board with campaign information and updates (showing local activities)
- Setting up displays in your school to share information about the campaign