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“If bully/racism ended school and personal life would be much easier and calmer.” Secondary student

 “These [priority] areas would allow us to have equal chance to succeed.” Samoan student

Are these important to you?

  • Hastings Boys is a good example of proactively supporting boys.
  • All comments said or inferred that the five areas are important
  • Families need to be involved and engaged across all five areas
  • Is it realistic to ‘end racism’ – suggestion that it is made more realistic but still a focus area 

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

  • Most commonly mentioned: Professional development for Non-Pacific teachers & better preparation in Teacher’s College
  • Second most common: Stronger focus on career pathways and records of your learning
  • Third most common: creating time/space in education to build relationships with families
  • To be more involved/heard e.g. have a Pacific Party in Parliament that speaks for us and proactive engagement with young people on a regular basis
  • Support for teachers – smaller classes, time and resources to engage with families
  • Literacy and numeracy in Pacific languages
  • Separate ‘end racism’ and ‘value our…’ into two different priorities 

Questions

  • Is there effective collaboration between key government agencies? (Mentioned a few times)
  • Is there MOE culturally competency training?
  • Are Pacific teachers being supported into leadership roles?
  • If there was a change in the Education System's would there be a separate curriculum for Pacific?
  • Can the funding be move to the regional so more support to area and families?
  • How do we include Tapasā?
  • How do we have a plan that actually reflects our unique community? 

Most common indicators of success (in order)

  • Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included
  • Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education
  • Pacific LGBTQIA+ learners have teachers and leaders who are role models
  • Non Pacific educators can teach Pacific learners in a way that values their culture
  • Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education
  • Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures

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