Date
21 January 2019
Pasifika students

Supporting Pasifika students

Culturally responsive strategies to meet the needs of Pasifika students who require additional support.

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In the guide we have used the term “family". This is inclusive of Aiga (Samoa), Matavuvale (Fiji), Magafaoa (Niue), Kàiga (Tokelau), Kàinga (Tonga), Ngutuare Tangata (Cook Island), and Kaaiga (Tuvalu).

Strategies for action

Five key strategies to support the inclusive design of learning environments for Pasifika students.

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Know your Pasifika learners

Demonstrate care by continually investing in getting to know your students. Make connections to their experiences and contexts to support learning and strengthen relationships. 

Video hosted on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/120408493

"What makes a good teacher for me is like if they get along with me 'cause I hate it when teachers can't get along with me, because I feel really sad and stuff like that, 'cause they don't know me."

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Build relationships

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Ask the student what will help

    Includes:

    • Resources

Establish reciprocal relationships

Develop positive relationships with the community of people who know the student well.

A fia vave oo lou va’a, alo na o ‘oe, ae a fia tuli mamao

le taunu’uga tatou ‘alo’alo faatasi.

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.

Samoan proverb

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Build community networks

Welcome your community into the classroom and take your class out to the community.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/APNAdEuw1VA

Highlights from Polyfest where schools and the community connect in a meaningful context.

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Build a culturally responsive environment

Students are more likely to achieve when they see themselves and their culture positively reflected in the subject matter and learning contexts.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Integrate Pasifika languages and practices

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Provide leadership opportunities

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Support English language learners

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Use technologies

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources

Explore Pasifika perspectives on inclusion

Develop an understanding of the different perspectives and values held by Pasifika parents and whānau. 

Pacific parents believed it was important that school staff, particularly teachers, had some understanding about working with Pacific families. Where teachers had an understanding of the different Pacific ethnicities and values it was easier for Pacific parents to develop relationships with the school.

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Key resources

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Tapasā: Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners

Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Improving education outcomes for Pacific Learners

Improving education outcomes for Pacific Learners

A summary of ERO’s report for schools, families and the wider community. The leaflet provides a snapshot of what was found, as well as highlighting the key elements for improving Pacific student engagement.

Publisher: Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Matauranga

Supporting Maori students through ako e e learning

Understanding special education from the perspectives of Pasifika families

Read time: 101 min

This report identifies: the strengths of current service provision, barriers to accessing special education services for Pasifika students; and the extent to which cultural perspectives on disability and special education and the low numbers of Pasifika professionals affect engagement and satisfaction with special education services for Pasifika families.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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