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"We want more resources to be translated into our language… that is a challenge for our youth, to develop and translate resources."

"Minority groups are often falling through the cracks. We are not seen… We want to be seen and visible."

Are these important to you?

  • All proposed key shifts/areas for action are viewed as important
  • Positive feedback on valuing the Pacific teachers we already have
  • A number of comments about addressing racism and discrimination being important, one comment questioning the word ‘end’ as being unrealistic
  • It is not just important to get more Pacific teachers, it is about educating the Palagi teachers to acknowledge different cultures and values
  • Special mention of the first ever Kiribati bilingual unit at Finlayson park and the adult literacy programme at the school that supports parents to learn to use a computer, fill in drivers licence forms etc.
  • Strong support for ethnic specific focus and that these differences mean success is defined differently 

Is there something missing? What would you change about the areas?

  • Educate non-Pacific teachers so they know about the Island Kiribati
  • Acknowledging difficulty in getting more Pacific teachers when English is a barrier. Lots of people would be great teachers of the language but they only speak basic English
  • Desire to see cultural values and principles front and centre throughout the Action Plan
  • “We want more resources to be translated into our language… that is a challenge for our youth, to develop and translate resources.”
  • "Some NZ & Kiribati trained teachers want to create resources that are relevant to Kiribati culture and context which are supportive to our youth and community. Publishing them is an issue"
  • Some would like to see a Kiribati early childhood centre
  • End racism instead of calling it out, however others have said you can’t end it but should support those experiencing racism
  • Teachers to teach about I-Kiribati, not just other cultures – look after minority cultures
  • Quality teaching as a focus 

Questions

  • Is there financial support for community leaders to promote cultural awareness?
  • Who is responsible for these changes and how will they be implemented?
  • How often will community be engaged?
  • Who is accountable if students fail or don’t perform?
  • Do you take student input at these fono?

Other comments – some attendees want to know how often the Ministry will come back to communities to keep them informed about the process.

Most common indicators of success (in order)

  • Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education
  • Non Pacific educators can teach Pacific learners in a way that values their culture
  • Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included
  • Pacific learners faiths and beliefs and cultures are valued in education
  • Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures
  • There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and their families

Auckland Kiribati Fono Summary [PDF]