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Deal to boost education link between NZ and France

Published: 7:54AM Saturday September 28, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • Education Minister Hekia Parata speaking at a press conference. (Source: ONE News)
    Education Minister Hekia Parata speaking at a press conference. - Source: ONE News

A new agreement between New Zealand and France will help strengthen educational ties, the Education Minister says.

Hekia Parata said the agreement will help facilitate the exchange of information in early childhood education, primary and secondary education, and vocational and technical training.

"It means we can continue to support language and cultural exchange through placement of French Language Assistants from France or its French-speaking territories in the Pacific region in New Zealand," she said.

"We want to encourage Teacher Professional Development programmes, and Language Immersion Awards using resources and expertise based in France and/or its French-speaking territories in the Pacific region."

Parata said France and New Zealand have shared histories in the First World War and will commemorate these histories in 2014 which includes launching education initiatives for schools in both countries.

"We seek to bring school students from both countries together to explore the profound significance and impact of this event through creative projects. This fits in well with the signed arrangement we initiated today," she said.

"This agreement has been in development for over two years, and it is timely to now formally sign it."

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