2020 Pacific Language week dates:
Samoan Language Week
Sunday 24 May - Saturday 30 May 2020
The theme for Samoan Language week was 'Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga' which means 'Prepare yourself a gift for your travels'.
This year's theme urges us to prepare for the journey ahead. It highlights the need to honour, respect and share the gifts of our life's journey.
As Pacific Peoples when we prepare for travel, we take our traditions with us, allowing us to share our ōso (gifts/food) with everyone we meet along the way. And with these gifts we build, nurture and strengthen our language, culture and identity.
Resources for Samoan language week
Launch of Samoan Language Week online - A first!
The Ministry of Pacific Peoples (MPP), the three language associations - SAASIA (Early Childhood), Fotu o Mālama (secondary & tertiary) and FAGASA (Faalapotopotoga o faiaoga o le Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa), church community leaders, parents, schools and students collaborated to launch the Samoan Language Week (SLW) on Sunday, 24 of May online. Unprecedented times call for new measures and after many checks and preparations, the 2020 launch will be remembered for many reasons, especially how collaborative partnerships can make a difference. Special mention must be given to the Christchurch branch of FAGASA who hosted the launch. Faafetai i le Susuga a le Toeaina ia Tumama Vili ma lana auvaa mo le latou oso, mo le tatou faigamalaga i lenei tausaga.
Talanoa with Top Scholars of Gagana Samoa
Fotu o Mālama, the association for teachers of Gagana Samoa at secondary and tertiary has organised a Talanoa session with three former recipients of the Top Scholar award. The top Scholar award is a hotly contested accolade, reserved for students working at and beyond level eight of the national curriculum. The talanoa session aimed to capture the former recipients’ stories as they transition from the classroom to the real world.
Covid-19 brings out the best in teachers of languages
During Covid-19, the Ministry of Education has worked with teachers of three Pacific languages (Cook Islands Maori, Gagana Samoa, Lea faka-Tonga) to design resources for students at NCEA level. Iti Aniterea from Southern Cross Campus, Josephine Ivirangi from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate and Teokota’i Tarai from Tokoroa High School helped with Cook Islands Maori. Kilisitina ‘Otunuku from Otahuhu College and Lata Langi from Southern Cross Campus put together the Lea faka-Tonga resources; while Rasela Lafaele from Tangaroa College and Tofilau Niulevaea Siliva from Future Learning Solutions designed resources for Gagana Samoa. These resources will be made available to all schools online soon.