Pacific Learners Education is a community-led initiative. Our passion is to see young Pacific Learners realise their full potential and equip them for their journey ahead.
Pacific Families – and in particular our tamariki – have been hit hard by COVID-19. The uncertainty around our young tamariki in regards to their learning and development is yet to be fully realised, however through innovation and storytelling we hope to address the cultural, social, health and learning needs of our young Pacific Learners.
The Pacific Learners Education group meet on a regular basis to discuss themes, content and key messages. The experience of our group range from ECE educators to primary school teachers, and all are of Pacific decent. Nationalities include educators from Tonga, Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati.
The characters of the animation videos all have different and unique personalities. Tevita loves reading, technology and is a little shy; Sione can get distracted and often distracts others around him; Talia is independent and very organised; Mele is a girl that loves fashion and makeup and is very self aware, and Anaru loves all kinds of sports.
Our kaiako Miss Ioane uses her experience to educate, inspire and provide an environment of love and support. Together, Miss Ioane and her class talk about the real issues that face our young Pacific Learners and their families.
In April this year, Pacific Learners Education Director Ofa Lewis had the opportunity to appear on Radio 531PI and talk about the animated video concept. She also talks about where the idea came from and the people behind the animated videos. View the interview below.
In June this year, founders Ofa and Nigel Lewis had the opportuntiy to talk to the Ministry for Pacific Peoples about the Pacific Learners Education innovation. The article gives you an little insight into the backgrounds of Ofa and Nigel and the passion they have for young Pacific Learners. You can read the article by clicking the image below.
In the following animated video, little Talia talks about how COVID-19 has impacted Pacific communities, families and children. She talks about why the videos are so important as well as the topics and messages you can expect to see throughout the video series.