Title slide: Culturally responsive pedagogy
Meleheta Perez, Teacher, Matiti Akoga Kamata, Naenae, facing camera
Together we incorporate Te Whāriki along with our ‘inati’ values to guide our curriculum every day. We have six core values of our ‘inati’.
Images and posters depicting inati on the wall of the centre
We have our ‘o la hokotaga’ which is Relationship. ‘o la kaho kata Kilihitiano’: Christianity. We have our ‘o la fakaaloalo’: Respect. ‘o la laututuha’: Equity. Contribution: ‘o la whakahoa’, Contribution and ‘o la alowha’ that's Compassionate.
Looking at these core values of inati to me, that those are the six core values that signifies everything about me as a Tokelau.
‘O la whakahoa’, that’s Contribution. As a teacher, we contribute our knowledge and the curriculum in the learning, about the curriculum. That's our contribution to our tamariki. And so if we do involve our community and whānau and parents. When they come in and contribute their knowledge as Tokelauans or as Māori, and as Samoan, Tongans; that’s their contribution to our, you know, to the learning of the child.
Teachers and children interacting in the centre
For alowha, that's also part of our Christian values is alowha, we shall love every day. You know and that's one of the major things about us Tokelauans and Pacific and maybe everyone. You know alowha is a natural thing that just makes you feel the way you are.
I think for Equity it's very important that we distribute our learning and be equal you know, teaching to everyone regardless of your ethnicity or your religion, background. And pretty much equal teaching within our centre. And also in the way that we acknowledge our tamariki, our different ethnicity.
Their cultural week celebration we do celebrate with them. And we do a lot of, we invite our Māori parents, our Samoan parents or Tongan parents even, and Vietnamese and Africans to be part of those special days when they have those celebrations. ’Hokotaga’: that Relationship; very important that we have that strong relationship with our whānau, our parents especially, and our community. That's our backbone.