Supporting Pacific Success- Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030
Working reciprocally, valuing Pacific diversity, committing to sustained effort and working collectively are key drivers of Pacific success in education, outlined in the new Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030.
The Action Plan, the key strategic document on Pacific Education which updates the current Pasifika Education Plan, was released by Minister Salesa on Tuesday 21 July.
The Action Plan is a 10 year strategic document that maps the Government’s actions to support Pacific Education and signals how early learning services, schools and tertiary providers can achieve change for Pacific learners and their families. Whilst the focus remains for 10 years, the actions will develop and change over time, with input from Pacific learners, teachers, leaders and community members.
The vision of the Action Plan is that diverse Pacific learners and their families feel safe, valued and equipped to achieve their education aspirations. It identifies five key focus areas for change that are needed to achieve this vision:
- Working reciprocally with diverse Pacific communities to respond to unmet needs, with an initial focus on needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Confronting systematic racism and discrimination in education;
- Enabling every teacher, leader, and education professional to take coordinated action to become culturally competent with diverse Pacific learners;
- Partnering with families to design education opportunities together with teachers, leaders and educational professionals so aspirations for learning and employment can be met; and
- Growing, retaining, and valuing highly competent teachers, leaders and educational professionals of diverse Pacific heritages.
The Action Plan outlines key actions the Government is taking to achieve shifts and provides guidance and resources for how schools can respond to the Action Plan. The Action Plan is a first step in working reciprocally with Pacific communities and the education sector, but it cannot achieve change alone. Partnering together and taking collective action are how we can make the change we want to see together.
Schools play a significant role in the experiences of Pacific learners and families. The Action Plan includes potential actions, guidance and resources you may wish to use to support Pacific success. This includes planning templates and potential actions to understand what is happening in your place of learning and how you can best give effect to the Action Plan.
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