New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile
Maori education: Seminar on qualifications and quality assurance
The New Zealand Ambassador Rosemary Paterson, together with the Executive Director of the Forum of Chilean Higher Education (AEQUALIS), former Chilean Minister of Education Monica Jimenez de la Jara, hosted a meeting at the Embassy in August on Maori qualifications and quality assurance.
The guest of honour, Lhi Te Iwimate, New Zealand Qualifications Authority Acting Deputy Chief Executive Maori, presented to a group of education consultants on New Zealand's experience in Maori education, focusing on quality assurance processes and Maori qualifications based on Maori knowledge and traditions.
Participants from the Chilean Ministry of Education, UNESCO, INACAP and Fundacion Chile shared a dialogue with Te Iwimate, deepening their understanding of New Zealand's education and qualifications system while reflecting on the parallels and differences between New Zealand and Chile in indigenous education.
The Embassy, through Education Counsellor Bruno Aldaz, is working with Chilean and New Zealand universities to foster new linkages in indigenous education.