Pacific Education Support Fund launched
The Ministry of Education is seeking proposals from Auckland Pacific providers and Pacific community organisations to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in regions hardest hit by COVID-19.
The Pacific Education Support Fund, launched today will ensure that, in the current climate, Pacific learners have improved access to culturally competent support services for attendance and active engagement. In addition, the Fund will support access to on-site learning services and ongoing educational and training pathways. The Fund will also ensure that the connections between Pacific families and places of learning is really strengthened.
For 2020/21, the Pacific Education Support Fund has $6.6 million available. Some $3.5 million of this funding is now open to Auckland Pacific community organisations and Pacific providers to respond to Pacific learner’s immediate education and wellbeing needs. This allocation reflects the high number of Pacific learners in the Auckland region.
Auckland-based Pacific providers and community organisations can apply for funding to support education-related needs, including:
- connecting Pacific learners and families with appropriate services supporting education-related needs, for example with on-site learning and accessing ongoing education and training pathways
- building reciprocal relationships between Pacific families and places of learning, to ensure that Pacific learners stay connected to education.
Applications to the Support Fund from the Auckland region close on 16 October. The Fund will open to four other regions next month.
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