Ko e tukufakaholo ‘o e polokalama ki he laukonga mo e fika

        The history of literacy and numerary support programme

Ko e polokalama tokoni fakaako ki he laukonga⸍ pea mo e fika⸍ (literacy & numeracy support programme) ‘oku lolotonga fakalele ma’ae fanauako ‘i he lautohi pea mo e akolotoloto (primary and intermediate level) na’e ‘ikai ko ha tupukoso.  Ka ko e polokalama ia kuo a’u eni ‘o ta’u uofulu tupu.  Na’e kamata ‘a e polokalama ‘i he ta’u 2002 nai pea ‘oku kei lele mai pe ‘o a’u mai ki he ‘aho ni.

Na’e kamata ia ‘i ha ngaahi ‘apiako lautohi ‘i Otara pea mo Mangere.  Pea toki fakakau atu ki ai pea mo e lautohi Wesley primary ‘i Mt.Roskill. 

Tongan Youth Trust is currently running a project where we support our children’s learning journey from primary to intermediate level, focussing on two main components: literacy and numeracy. This work was implemented in 2002 and is still running successfully today. We started out in Otara then branched out to other suburbs such as Mangere and Mt Roskil.

Ko e taumu’a na’e fakahoko ai ‘a e polokalama ni ko e palopelama ‘a e laukonga⸍ pea mo e fika ‘i he fanau Pasifiki.  ‘A ia na’e tomui ‘a  ‘enau laukonga ‘o fakatatau ki honau ta’u⸍ pea mo e kalasi pe levolo na’a nau ‘i ai⸍ ‘o makatu’unga ‘i he ‘ikai ke poupou’i lelei ‘a ‘enau lautohi⸍ pea manakoa foki.

The main goal for this programme and why we targeted literacy and numeracy is because those were the areas, our children were lacking in. Our research shows most of our students were set back 1 – 4years below their age level, so we had to take action and build their confidence to love these major components that were vital in their learning journey.

Na’e fakapa’anga pea tokoni’i ‘a e polokalama ni ‘e he Auckland City Council ‘i he taimi ko ia⸍.  Lolotonga ‘a e taimi ko ‘eni⸍ ko Aupito Su’a Williams Sio na’e ngaue ki he kaunisolo pea na’a ne tokanga’i ‘a e Vahenga Otara.  Na’e hoko ‘a e faingamalie ko ‘eni ke fakahaa’i ai ‘a e me’a na’e tui ki ai ‘a e To’utupu Tonga Trust ‘oku totonu ke tokoni’i ‘a e ako ‘a e fanau Pasifiki ‘i ha founga te nau toe manako ange ai ki he ako⸍.

We received funding for this project from the Auckland City Council when local MP Aupito Su’a Williams was working for them advocating for Otara board. This opportunity allowed Tongan Youth Trust to help steer our student’s education in a way where learning was fun, safe and enjoyed by all who attended.

Ko e ‘aatikolo (article) ‘oku hā atu ‘i lalo ko e fakamo’oni ia ki he ngāue ko eni na’e fakahoko⸍.  

The article below show’s a snippet of the work accomplished in this project.