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Tokelauan Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau
October 27, 2019 - November 2, 2019
Malo ni! Tokelauan Language Week is being held from Sunday 27 October – Saturday 2 November 2019.
For people from Tokelau living in New Zealand, family, community, and language are the centre of Faka-Tokelau, the Tokelauan way of life. Over half of the country’s Tokelau community live in the Porirua and Hutt Valley areas of Wellington and there are also Tokelau communities in Auckland, Taupō, and Rotorua. Although your school may not have direct links to Tokelau, this national week provides the opportunity to introduce your students to the culture and language of Tokelau, helping to keep Gagana Tokelau alive in New Zealand. Why not connect electronically with another school in New Zealand, in order to learn Gagana Tokelau from the experts?
Links to The New Zealand Curriculum
Tokelauan Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau supports the curriculum principles of cultural diversity and inclusion, and provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the vision of connection to a global community, explore the values of diversity, community, and respect and make use of key competencies, especially using language, symbols and texts, and relating to others.
By teaching Pasifika languages, schools can help meet the vision and goals of the Pasifika Education Plan 2013 – 2017 (PEP). PEP is aimed at raising Pasifika learners’ participation, engagement and achievement in education from early learning through to tertiary level. The Plan’s vision is to see “Five out of five Pasifika learners participating, engaging and achieving in education, secure in their identities, languages and cultures and contributing fully to Aotearoa New Zealand’s social, cultural and economic wellbeing”. One of the high level Government goals for Pasifika education is for emphasis on the importance of Pasifika identities, languages, and cultures.