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Faculty of Education

First International Pasifika ECE Conference 2013

Wednesday 30th January – Friday 1st February 2013

Pasifika ECE international conference logo

Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka,
Namaste, Kum na mauri, Taloha ni, Ia orana

The Faculty of Education, previously the Auckland College of Education, is very pleased to announce that the First International Pasifika ECE Conference will be held in January 2013.

It is timely that as a group of Pasifika academics, lecturers, teachers and researchers we make the call out around the world to those with whom we have been connected with in the past and those for whom the future of Pasifika early childhood education is their passion.

A call from the deep: Reclaiming our future

The conference theme encapsulates a desire to celebrate how far we have come but equally an even greater desire to shape our future together so that generations to come will know and understand the passion and power being together can generate.
Always at the centre of all our endeavours must be the child and his/her family valuing the best in all things surrounding them in the processes of nurturing, development and education. We all have an important and crucial role to play.
The selection of themes and strands for the Conference sessions is deliberately wide to encompass a range of topics and interests. However the expectation is for the following underlying theme to be present in all papers, workshops, poster sessions, colloquia, talanoa and tuatua mai: a critical ethos that challenges colonial pasts, resists the contexts of marginalisation and fulfils the aspirations for empowerment of Pacific peoples locally, regionally, globally. In other words be aspirational and inspirational!
You’ll enjoy the rich and diverse programme featuring presentations from industry leaders from around the Pacific. This is the perfect opportunity to connect and share experiences with people like you, who are passionate about early childhood education for our Pasifika. We welcome your innovative ideas, original works, research, critical thinking and robust discussions and debates.

We look forward to meeting with you all as you make your way across the far and distant shores, gathering together to celebrate our past, embrace our present and claim our future.

Nau mai! Haere mai! Ki Tamaki ma kaurau!

Dr Diane Mara
Associate Dean Pasifika: Academic Leader
Programme Leader
B.Ed (Tchg) Pasifika Specialisation
Conference Convenyer

See you in January 2013