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New Zealand has a significant and growing Pasifika population with unique educational needs. Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world and the demand for Pasifika teachers has grown with the increase in Pasifika students.
Our future generations need more Pasifika people to train as teachers in early childhood, primary and secondary teaching. Pasifika student numbers are increasing relative to many other ethnicities but Pasifika teacher numbers are not keeping up with this growth.
If you are Pasifika, and are thinking of becoming a teacher, what are you waiting for? We need many more Pasifika people becoming teachers at all levels – early childhood, primary and secondary. Why?
Pasifika teachers make great role models for Pasifika students and enhance their education in many ways by:
It is critical for our country's future that the educational achievement of Pasifika people is widely encouraged and supported. The Government has acknowledged that the key to raising education standards for Pasifika people is to have quality Pasifika teachers.
Fewer Pasifika children attend early childhood education services than other New Zealand children and they will comprise an increasing proportion of birth-to-five-year-olds over the next 10 years.
In the government's 10 year strategic plan to increase participation, Pasifika communities are playing an important role in determining the strategies to encourage more Pasifika parents to involve their children in early childhood education services.
There are many Pasifika focussed early childhood services throughout New Zealand and many of them need qualified registered teachers. TeachNZ ECE scholarships recognise this fact by supporting people with Pasifika language skills and cultural knowledge.
Most tertiary institutions, including teacher education providers, employ Pasifika liaison officers to help with course selection and ongoing support during a programme of study. When enrolling, check out the Pasifika support available at your provider.
Pasifika focused teaching qualifications
For Pasifika school leavers interested in teaching in early childhood, primary or secondary education, there are some teacher education options available that focus on Pasifika language and cultures.
Pasifika considering becoming early childhood teachers now have options to study an ECE teaching qualification that is focused on Pasifika language, culture and identity. You can find out more information on ECE, primary and secondary teaching qualifications here.