19 Nov 2018

Dual language books win award

10:02 am on 19 November 2018

A series of books designed to help Pacific children with literacy has won an award at the SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards in Auckland.

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The 'Pasifika dual language resources' series features stories in either Cook Islands Māori, Tuvaluan, Tokelauan, Tongan or Samoan with an English translation.

Ellen MacGregor-Reid from New Zealand's education ministry said one of the best ways to teach literacy to young people who don't have English as their first language was to leverage the language they already use.

"Children seeing their language, their culture, valued in their learning environment is really important to them engaging well.

"So when you have young children comming into particularly english-medium learning settings, and wanting to learn to read, wanting to engage in the english language, building on the strength of their home language, is a great way to do that."

Ms MacGregor-Reid said she was thrilled with the win, and hoped it would mean more schools and families were aware of the books.

The books are free, and digital and hard copies can be ordered through the Ministry of Education website.