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  1. ☆Thanks for this insightful post.
    I see and think of culture as the nourishment given to a group of people. It is a petri dish. Whatever we put into it will grow inside the individual creating a community of people that will propagate who they are through what they were fed.
    Other considetation: we need lens when we can no longer see. We become far sighted or near sighted.

    1. Traci Sietu says:

      I really appreciate you taking the time to read this blog Holly – I absolutely love your analogy! Yes, our lens change overtime I guess so it is always important to be honest and remind ourselves which lens, which purpose and when to change our lens. This is a perfect quote you have used. Thanks so much for your feedback.

  2.' Jenni says:

    I really like this blog. Thanks so much. I read that ‘Over half of the participants felt that from early childhood onwards they perceive little acknowledgement that their culture has been cherished throughout their education….’ Can I assume that you mean when they leave early childhood and enter school they perceive little acknowledgement, or did you mean that from the time they enter early childhood onwards they perceive….?
    My experience working alongside Early Chidlhood educators is that (in general) they take cultural responsiveness more seriously (in general) than in schools.

    1. Traci Sietu says:

      Talofa Jenni. Sorry as that line didn’t read very clearly…So your comment regarding our early years teachers is pertinent. Our children as part of this research and other work that I have been doing in the past and currently highlights that once they move on from early years they feel their culture and identity is no longer shaped in a way that supports or gives them a sense of belonging. In some cases they feel they walk into a school environment and leave their culture at the gate and collect it on the way out. I am very fortunate to be able to work across all sectors so it is really rewarding to be able to talk to educators and get a sense of where they believe individual cultural responsibility lies…and the experiences I have align with acknowledging the important work that our early years teachers are doing. Therefore, what can those teachers from across sectors learn from each other? Thank you so much for seeking clarification and thank you for posting.

  3. Alicia says:

    Mauri ora ki a koe e hoa! So much here to learn from. I agree with the importance of understanding the struggle and changing perceptions and mindsets. Fa’afetai tele lava!

    1. Traci Sietu says:

      Kia mihi! Thanks for posting e hoa – yes, I totally agree mindsets and assumptions are the bridging gap for acknowledging all cultures. That struggle is real and I guess some of this data highlights how raw it is in some cases. Kia pai to ra.

  4.' Reverend Pennie Vaione Otto says:

    Well done Traci! I’m so proud of you! Mata ki luga!

    1. Traci Sietu says:

      Fakaalofa lahi atu kia koe – You are and will always be my inspiration! I am following in the footsteps of those greater – Fakaaue Fakaue lahi! Blessings x

  5.' Iulia says:

    Talofa Traci,
    Thanks for this lovely & fruitful reading, I love & agree on every bits of it. It’s a great encouragement to our young Pasifika learners in order to aim for that high star academically and an addition to the mahi of our elders/parents that are working such hard to support our children with their stidies financially and with fautuaga.

    Faamalo le onosa’i ma finau.

    1. Traci Sietu says:

      Fa’afetai lava Iulia – Your words are so true – our villages are doing everything to support our children. Thats the part that warms my heart! Creating dreams and aspirations is important and I think that it was such a common thread in the feedback that they care about their education.O le fogavaʻa e tasi. Manuia lou aso!

  6. This is a great resource and eager to share with colleagues. It is hard for those Pasifika students who have never been to the islands and can only view photos and hear about the stories that our elders tell. We get told that we are fake or plastic from those who regularly speak the language and were born on the islands. It is this stigma and experience that puts me off Pasifika especially when my own child tells me of this exact experience. New Zealand born children of Pasifika people are stuck in the middle. Frustrated in trying to know their parents culture but at the same time fitting in with the dominant culture at school and what they are growing up with. This blog and posts give us direction and a guide as to how we can approach Pasifika children of all ages and backgrounds. Thanks for posting.

  7. Traci Sietu says:

    Talofa Robbie, thank you for taking the time to respond. I completely agree with you as it increasingly becoming more difficult to find that part of our own cultural identity that is sometimes lost, often not forgotten, however we are challenged to find a way forward in society. I am really pleased that you have found the content helpful and I pray that we can break down some of these barriers for our learners and as adults finding navigating our paths.

  8. Glenda Albon says:

    Traci, this is such an awesome blog. I totally agree with you that it all begins with learning how to say people’s names correctly. When we respect individuals and create that sense of belonging and well being for tamariki and their aiga, we can begin to build authentic and reciprocal relationships, which prepare the way for success in learning for us all.

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