Celebrating 20 BEST years with new Pre-teacher qualification
Best Pacific Institute of Education is celebrating 20 years of improving Pacific lives through education and on this anniversary, is honouring the strong support of the Pacific communities at the heart of its success.
“Wewouldnotbewhere we are today without the support of these communities,” says BEST sales manager Penny Cusack. “They have supported our mission to provide education and better job choices, and given us the backing which has enabled us to grow and succeed.”
Ueligitone Malifa of Oceania Communications 2000, a Pacific Island media consultant working with BEST, echoes Penny’s comments. “For 20 years our communities, the mothers and fathers, aunties and uncles - the whole extended family and the Pacific Island church community - have embraced BEST for the chance it gives to our sons and daughters to have another go at education,” says Ueligitone.
“BEST has a respect and understanding of Pacific culture and needs. It gives Pacific people the opportunity to value education, and to value their role in New Zealand.”
Though BEST is celebrating the successes of the past, it continues to move forward, updating and introducing new programmes to meet the changing educational needs of Auckland’s Pacifi communities.
A new programme is launching this year with the aim of redressing the imbalance of Pacific Island teachers in schools, particularly in areas where there is a high proportion of Pacifi children. The Certifi in Pre-Teacher Education (Level 4) provides the first step for students who want a teaching career. At the end of the 36-week course, a graduate can progress into further education and, eventually, into their new career.
To’aiga Su’a-Huirua, BEST Community Relationship Consultant and a member of the new Pre-Teacher Education Programme’s development team, sees the course as a positive step to making long-term improvements in education for young Pacific people.
“By having more trained teachers who understand the home andculturalbackground of Pacific students in schools, we could reduce the barriers to learning that currently exist. Too many of our young people leave education with low or no qualifications,” says To’aiga.
The programme, which starts in July, is already attracting interest. Selection is based on personal attributes, not on past qualifications. “We are looking for people who are keen and committed to working with children - and who really want to make a difference,” says To’aiga.
For more information, contact BEST on 0800 425 624.
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