Michelle’s focus for talanoa this year is on leveraging collectively for widespread system change. In this session, we’ll look closely at some of the lies we’ve been told about Education and Equity and we’ll consider the crisis agency in Aotearoa with the critical understanding that what happens in the classroom every day is a matter of life and death for our young brown scholars.
In Aotearoa, the Covid-19 crisis called to arms our team of five million. We locked our borders and worked hard to protect our people. Now we are working to grow our economy. The problem is that many of us were living in crisis for a long time before Coronavirus hit our shores.
The nature of inequality is systemic, complex and increasingly urgent. To effect system-level change we need sensitive and bold influencers at the highest possible levels in government, business, community, public and not-for-profit sectors. Activating the potential of our young people is essential. All young people deserve to realise their potential. They are not somebody else’s problem. They are our greatest asset.
Operating from the belief that education should be culturally sustaining, critically rigorous and deeply courageous, attendees to this session will look at the state of our nation for young brown scholars. Following this, we’ll build some practical ways of working towards a better, fairer Aotearoa with an education system that honours the trust that Pasifika families and communities place in us to educate their children.
- Effective Pacific pedagogies.
- Confronting systemic racism and bias.
- Identities, languages and cultures.