A new professional development programme aimed at improving
Pasifika achievement in schools was launched in Dunedin
The Ministry of Education contracted programme - Pasifika
Success Talanoa Project (PSTP) - was run in Invercargill,
Oamaru, Ashburton, Christchurch and Marlborough last year,
and now it is Dunedin's turn.
Project facilitator and former Forbury School principal
Janice Tofia said this week it was an opportunity for the
Pasifika community in Dunedin to come together, collaborate
and weave together knowledge and ideas to support teachers
and school leaders with the implementation of effective and
innovative programmes to help pupils reach their full
''Essentially, it aims to build capacity and capability of
teachers and school leaders so they can be culturally
responsive to the needs and aspirations of Pasifika learners.
''It's all about raising Pasifika achievement. The
achievement of Pasifika pupils is not good in New Zealand.''
Ministry statistics in 2012 showed 68.1% of Pasifika
18-year-olds in New Zealand had achieved NCEA level 2 or
equivalent, compared with 78.3% of non-Pasifika 18-year-olds.
It also showed years 1-8 Pasifika pupils were well below the
National Standards targets in reading, writing and
Teachers and school leaders from Otago Girls' High School,
Otago Boys' High School, King's High School, Queen's High
School, Kavanagh College, St Joseph's Cathedral School,
Brockville School and Pine Hill School have been selected to
participate in the programme, she said.
Several workshops have been held already, and the programme
was presented to the Dunedin community last night during the
launch at the King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre.
School leaders spoke about the work they are doing to
increase their cultural competence to better meet the needs
of children in the community.