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Tuvalu Language Week

September 29 - October 5

Fakatalofa atu!

This year Tuvaluan Language Week is being held from Sunday 29 September – Saturday 5 October 2019.

Tuvalu is a small Pacific island nation that lies midway between Australia and Hawaii. In 2006, Tuvaluan people were the seventh largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand, making up 1 percent of New Zealand’s Pacific population.

Tuvalu Language Week provides the opportunity to celebrate and nurture the language and culture of Tuvalu in your classroom and school community. The theme of the week provides you with the opportunity to explore with your students the nature of identity, and the way language connects us to who we are.

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.