The Pacific Education Innovation Fund is for innovative practice in Pacific education that supports the wellbeing needs and curriculum needs of Pacific learners and families arising from or made worse by COVID-19. It is funded through Budget 20 as part of the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
It provides innovation grants to early learning services, schools, tertiary providers, community groups, providers and researchers to:
The Pacific Innovation Fund is funded through Budget 20, through the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
This funding is specifically targeted to support Pacific learners’ wellbeing and curriculum needs, which have been affected by COVID-19. It aligns with the wider Government focus on wellbeing and attendance, including delivering new Curriculum Lead roles, the Urgent Response Fund, support for learner mental health, support for educators’ wellbeing, and access to guidance counselling and counselling services.
The Fund is open to:
You or your group must include a person of 18 years of age or older to apply. You or your group must be a legal entity or connected to a legal entity to be eligible.
We are looking for creative, collaborative and different ways of delivering education for Pacific learners and families that reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on their education, including:
Bilingual and immersion education is where learners and families are accessing education and learning aligned to the national curricula through a Pacific language. It does not include learning a Pacific language as a second language.
For the Innovation Fund:
The Ministry expects that bilingual and immersion education projects clearly demonstrate links to Te Whāriki and the New Zealand Curriculum, where appropriate.
We expect that applicants have sufficient bilingual and cultural competencies to work effectively with Pacific communities to implement their project, for example demonstrated experience working with Pacific learners, thorough understandings of Pacific worldviews and fluency in a Pacific language. Applicants can show that they have this experience when filling in the application form.
We know that Pacific bilingual and immersion education delivery is innovative and supports Pacific learners to succeed as themselves. We also know that Pacific language development through bilingual and immersion education is an important factor in engagement for many Pacific families.
Pacific bilingual and immersion education is particularly affected by COVID-19, due to the lack of specific system support for Pacific bilingual and immersion education. The Innovation Fund provides up to $2.5m to specifically support innovative practices in bilingual and immersion education.
You can apply to access funding to:
The Fund has been designed to specifically respond to wellbeing and curriculum needs for Pacific learners and families during and after the COVID-19 response.
The management of the Fund will adapt to different Alert levels as required, such as face-to-face activities being carried out online where possible. It is expected that each applicant will outline how they will deliver their projects within Alert Levels and public health guidelines.