Tapasā – Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners
Proverbs | Alagaupu are verbal treasures | measina used in a range of Pacific contexts to make a point or statement, aligning the present with the wisdom of ancestors.
Proverbs are metaphors or expressions that allow the receiver of the proverb to make sense of matters of importance within their cultural context.
Tapasā, loosely translated, means compass or guide. Pacific ancestors successfully voyaged across oceans by reading the stars and constellations, marking the winds, and mapping the currents to make sense of the journey.
Here we use proverbs as statements of practice – how we can reflect and implement these into our teaching practice.
These proverb cards can be used to provide teachers of Pacific learners with perspectives from a worldview other than their own. This will support them as they transform thinking and practice in their interactions and relationships with Pacific learners, their families, and communities.