Pasifika Education Plan Presentation
Our staff meeting today was a presentation from Anton Carter, who is the Programme Manager for the Pasifika Unit from the Ministry of Education.
Below are links to the MOE pages and plan:
A couple of things that stood out for me were:
“New Zealand’s education system must work better for Pasifika Learners”
And the five focus areas –
- Parents, Families and Communities
- Early Learning
- Schooling – geting NCEA Level 2
- Tertiary – completion
- Education Sector-Wide
The plan seems quite comprehensive and it will be exciting to see how we can implement the Schooling aspect of it.
Another bit that stood out for me were these comments:
English is a mechanism to connect knowledge, rather than being the most important language.
“Your a genius because you can speak two languages.”
“Student tested in English, poor result, tested in Tongan, off the chart.”
Talanoa Ako: Pacific Education Talk link to site
Talanoa Ako July 2013.pdf – the Pasifika education newsletter.
Down the Back of the Chair – MOE Resource Catalouge for books
Effective teaching for Pasifika students – TKI MOE
Effective governance – Supporting Pasifika success – BOT resource
Engaging with Pasifika parents, families & communities – media gallery
Quote from Anton’s presentation:
O tu, aganu’u, ma aga’ifanua a le tamaititi o le a le mafai ona ulufale atu i le potuaoga;
sei vagana ua fa’atauaina ma fa’aulufaleina muamua i le loto ma le agaga o le faiaoga.
The culture of the child cannot enter the classroom until it has first entered the heart and consciousness of the teacher.