Pacific Islands in the Classroom aims to develop and distribute high-quality lesson plans that promote awareness about Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders while simultaneously strengthening competencies in core areas, including math and reading. It also seeks to increase knowledge-sharing and relationship-building among K-12 educators in Pacific island communities through the use of social media and social networking technologies.
“We are very excited to launch Pacific Islands in the Classroom,” says Keiko Ono, Vice President of the Islands Society. “Given that a significant amount of knowledge about the Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders is primarily shared within families or through oral traditions, the development and distribution of these lesson plans will provide K-12 educators with a platform to connect their students with the unique histories, cultures and habitats of the Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders with their students.”
About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects centre on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists.