Ruta and Lima Magele, experienced Early Learning Facilitators, focus on the proverb - “Ia su’i tonu le mata o le niu” which means to pierce the right eye of the coconut. The proverb describes the notion of leadership – to go about an undertaking in the proper way- leading the right way.
- This is the first time that the Ministry of Education has offered professional development on Pasifika leadership. In the past leadership pedagogies from the Western world were predominantly used to upskill ece teachers who were/are in leadership positions.
- Due to the vast growth of Pasifika families and children attending ece services in both mainstream and Pasifika services the Ministry is interested in developing Pasifika leadership pedagogies to ensure that teachers and leaders who are working with Pasifika families/fanau and communities are demonstrating an understanding of Pasifika theories and practice in their services. The Pasifika Education Plan puts Pasifika learners, families and communities at the centre, so that all activities are responding to the identities, languages and cultures of each Pasifika group.