Source: Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA)
PPTA’s Wellington regional team talks bringing out the best with the locals at a series of market stalls
Thanks to the efforts of PPTA’s Wellington regional team, visitors to community markets throughout the area learned how to support teachers to bring out the best in their students.
Members from the Wellington region held stalls at the Porirua market, the Paraparaumu Beach market and the Wellington Harbourside market.
Market-goers were keen to chat about teaching and learning, sign postcards and support members in the campaign. Members of the public were particularly concerned about the impact teacher shortages were having on their children and grandchildren in the classroom.
Hundreds of people showing their support
Wellington regional chair Ahmad Osama said the market days were a really positive experience.
“It was really good to have so many people in the public engage with us and say they were in support of us. We had hundreds of people sign up to show their support and find out more information.
“They were surprised and concerned about the conditions we teach in as they were their children and grandchildren’s learning conditions,” he said.
An opportunity to give back to the community
The market stalls were an opportunity to give back to the community, Ahmad said.
“It was about giving our time to speak to them about how our issues affect them. Some people in the community may perceive industrial action as taking our time away and this shows we are prepared to give our own time to them.”
His advice for other regions wanting to do something similar was to go to a range of events. “That way you get to talk to people from different parts of the community who may have different perspectives and people get to see their local teachers engaging with them in the area they live in.”
Taking the opportunity to listen
It was also good to take the opportunity to listen, he said. “Some people came over quite negative about teachers. We took the time to listen to them and then offered an alternative to that picture. It was a good opportunity to change some people’s minds,” he said.
If any PPTA regions, branches or networks would like support or resources for a similar initiative contact just email PPTA national office at email@example.com for a helping hand.