Grad­u­ates em­brace Pasi­fika lan­guages and cul­tures

Auckland City Harbour News - - Life Styles -

Dressed in a colour­ful ar­ray that blended tra­di­tional Pa­cific Is­land fin­ery and tra­di­tional for­mal at­tire, 57 grad­uands from Auck­land Univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion crossed the stage re­cently to re­ceive their Diploma of Teach­ing (Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion) Pa­cific Is­lands.

As of 2012, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion will re­quire all ECE teach­ers to have a Diploma in Teach­ing (ECE).

The Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion co­hort com­prised women from Samoa, Tonga, Niue and the Cook Is­lands. There was also one man from the Cook Is­lands.

The ma­jor­ity of the group earned their qual­i­fi­ca­tion at the Univer­sity’s Ep­som cam­pus; how­ever, 12 of the grad­u­ates stud­ied in Toko­roa, where they en­rolled in a pilot pro­gramme aimed at rais­ing the num­ber of qual­i­fied ECE teach­ers in the area.

Es­tab­lished in 2000, the DipTchg (ECE) PI gives grad­u­ates the knowl­edge, skills and pro­fes­sional base for work­ing in cen­tres with a large num­ber of Pasifi chil­dren.

Learn­ing tools for teach­ing across the ar­eas of lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy, Pasi­fika lan­guages and cul­ture, many of the cour­ses em­brace the dif­fer­ent cul­tures, val­ues and her­itage of Pasi­fika peo­ple.

“Our pro­gramme cel­e­brates the di­ver­sity of Pasi­fika lan­guages, cul­tures and Tra­di­tions - and we want our stu­dents to cel­e­brate th­ese tra­di­tions with their young stu­dents,” says pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Pa­tisepa Tua­futi.

Stu­dents are en­cour­aged to speak in their na­tive tongues, and some cour­ses use both English and Pasi­fika lan­guages in their in­struc­tion.

“The Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion has a long and val­ued re­la­tion­ship with our Pasi­fika com­mu­ni­ties,” says Dr John Lan­g­ley, Dean of Ed­u­ca­tion.

“This year’s grad­u­ates will no doubt go on to share their skills and knowl­edge with th­ese com­mu­ni­ties and con­tinue this tra­di­tion of ed­u­ca­tion and re­spect.”

The Univer­sity now pro­vides the Bach­e­lor of Teach­ing Early Child­hoodPasi­fika Spe­cial­i­sa­tion to con­tinue in this tra­di­tion.

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