Introduction to the Pacific Cultural Centredness Pathway v4


Introduction to the Pacific Cultural Centredness Pathway | Commencing 4 Jul 2024

Event Details


Workshop one
4 July 2024
Workshop two
18 July 2024

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm


$150 + GST Register

Gain greater understanding and appreciation for the unique values that define the seven Pacific ethnic communities. Learn how to use these as teaching strategies to further engage Pacific learners.

Hear about the course from facilitator Pale Sauni:

Course outline

This course includes two online workshops, and an optional, four-week, facilitated support module. The module takes a minimum of 1-2 hours of engagement per week.

Participants will have the opportunity to practise and reflect on the new learning and exchange experiences and ideas with each other and the facilitator.

Topics covered

This interactive course provides participants with an opportunity to get inside the minds and hearts of the Pacific Island learner through exploring and understanding the four important values and principles that guide our engaging and learning. 

Through these values, role plays and strategies to assist educator approaches for the learner are practised. Being able to hear and learn each Pacific Island group’s greetings and pronunciation is the perfect step to gain your confidence in engaging the learner.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • recognise the similarities and differences amongst the seven Pacific ethnic groups
  • describe four important Pacific values and principles to help you understand the hearts and minds of the Pacific learner for better engagement and learning
  • develop further confidence in pronunciation of Pacific words and phrases
  • explain why it is important to engage appropriately with Pacific learners
  • apply strategies for better learner engagement.

Who is this course for? 

This course is recommended for all educators working with or supporting Pacific learners.

About the facilitators

Pale Sauni

Pale SauniPale Sauni is a senior Pacific Samoan educator who has been delivering workshops on financial wellbeing for over 15 years. He has critical insights on how we can engage with our Pacific learning communities by and through the understanding of how money works. Pale will facilitate a discussion around how tools and strategies can unlock learning success. 

Saylene Ulberg

Saylene UlbergSaylene Ulberg has an adult education teaching background and is currently completing a Music degree. Saylene is an extremely capable facilitator in the area of cultural centred pathways bringing a freshness to greetings, pronunciation and talanoa. Saylene lives her life based on Pacific values and she will show how these values really matter in terms of engaging Pacific learners.

Ako Aotearoa Badges

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of course requirements.

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