This far away land got handwriting right! Literacy has become a serious problem. The decision was to implement handwriting instruction for every child. New Zealand did something that I wish would happen here in the USA: they actually searched international research, rather than relying on the myth that looped cursive is the proper adult hand. http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/handwriting-comp-aims-improve-literacy/5/224553
Interesting that New Zealand focused on writing. Too often, in my opinion, the focus is on reading. As a child learns how to form a letter, that letter goes in his “library” to find in order to read it.
Interesting too: the choice for teaching is the italic method, well known in both New Zealand and Australia.