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ERIC Number: ED459973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Education in the Night: A Serious Separation.
Manu'atu, Linita; Kepa, Tangiwai Mere Appleton
Education is one of the social institutions manipulated by New Zealand's European people to establish and perpetuate a painfully fragmented society. Po Ako is a community-based educational project where immigrant teachers, parents, and children from Tonga educate themselves at night about their own culture to better understand themselves and their new situation in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The separation of Tongan students from the official educational practices in secondary schooling is necessary to their understanding of their collective situation of dispossession in Eurocentric New Zealand society and how to change it. Formed in 1991 in response to the failure of the school to prepare Tongan students to pass the Year 10 national examination, Po Ako operates for 2 hours on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Funding is the cooperative responsibility of the students, parents, school, and government. Tongan and Maori women and men from a range of ages, occupations, and academic disciplines tutor students in their weak subjects. The curriculum content is questioned and clarified in a way that differs from the students' routine learning context so that they may select the grain from the chaff in formal schooling. Tongan language and cultural experiences strengthen students' comprehension of the subject under study. One program goal is to mobilize Tongan parents to know and question the dominant technocratic teaching practices, and to that end Tongan parents meet with teachers and administrators during Po Ako to discuss their ideas for educating their youth. (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand