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Lockdown Lessons from our Children

My Lockdown Adventures follows the journey of a young boy who uses hope and imagination to free his mind from the calamities that surround him. He finds a magic sanctuary where he can sit quietly in his thoughts and take refuge in being still. By doing this, his imagination awakens his dreams for the future and provides a mesmerising escape from reality.

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Amplifying Young Pacific Voices

By Theresa Tupuola-SorensonPKL Education DirectorWhose job is it to open the door of opportunity to our young Pacific children? And who will listen to them anyway? At Pacific Kids’ Learning, we decided a long time ago that we would aspire to create a platform where young Pacific children would not only be represented but also consulted, included and elevated to the highest level. It is important to us to allow young learners to become decision-makers, design-thinkers and truth-tellers. COVID has greatly impacted our physical presence in schools, which only reaffirms to us that our duties in the digital space are so crucial. Recently, we have included the work of young children through various projects, by encouraging their participation in written...

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Restoring a Resilient Nation

After enduring a very traumatic volcano eruption and tsunami that engulfed the nation on Saturday 15th January, Tonga is now working through the recovery process. We are reminded of how the Tongan people have fared many natural disasters, where tropical cyclones are a mere seasonal fixture on the Gregorian calendar. Despite all of its reported horrors of that fateful day which quickly turned into darkness, we can conclude that Tonga is indeed a resilient nation. Their faith in God restored and strengthened more than ever before. Tonga will be able to revitalise its vibrant lifestyle and culture. And one of the many admirable qualities of the Tongan way of living is their sustainable living methods acquired from both the land...

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Winners of the Pacific Digital Stories: Tusitala Series Writing Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to every child who submitted a story for the PDS Tusitala Series competition. Not only was it heartwarming to read about so many treasured memories, but we recognise that these kids have persevered through a really tough year, yet still have so much to celebrate - their families, their histories and their cultures.   1st place:Sosaia Fifita from Tamaki Primary School. 2nd place:Jeremiah Talakai from Riverhills School. 3rd equal place:Tyler Poe, Flat Bush Primary School; Noah Tautalanoa, St Joseph's Otahuhu; Felise Penitani, Meadowbank School. We'd also like to mention a few other aspiring writers whose stories really left a lasting impact on our team: Veronica Rooke - Meadowbank School, Mishika Chawla - Papatoetoe Central School, Polevia & Saint Paul Lam Sam - Flat Bush...

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Stories by Pacific school children to be used as school resources

The stories of Pacific students are being adapted into digitally-animated reading resources.   Fifty students across Flatbush Primary School, Jean Batten School and RiseUP Academy worked with experts to write and illustrate their stories. Project manager Theresa Tupuola-Sorenson said the students, aged 6 to 9, were supported through their creative journey. 

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