Pasifika Education – It’s a shared responsibility

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:

MOE Pasifika EducationPasifika Education Plan 2013 – 2017 page

Pasifika Education Plan 2013 – 2017 pdf

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 –

  1. Parents, Families and Communities
  2. Early Learning
  3. Schooling – geting NCEA Level 2
  4. Tertiary – completion
  5. 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.”

Other resources:

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

Individual Education Plans – TKI

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.