The two-day workshop, which started yesterday, includes participants from Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia and the Rarotongan communities.
The professional educators include health professionals, researchers and representatives of community groups from the Cook Islands and New Zealand, who are exploring directions the programme could take.
A University of Auckland spokesman says the project is a collaboration between the Cook Islands Ministry of Education, Health and investigators from the Liggins Institute at the university. For the past three years they have worked together to develop a school-science-health-community partnership involving the three main colleges in Rarotonga: Nukutere, Titikaveka and Tereora.
Learning areas being looked at range from science and social science through to English and health and physical education. Students also explore issues relating to non-communicable diseases and their impacts in families and communities.
The project describes student’s engagements when teachers are able to facilitate learning that allows students to examine real data about issues in their community and construct meaning based on a combination of evidence and personal experience.
The two day workshop will involve discussions, with participants sharing their ideas and experiences from their individual communities. They will also look at opportunities to extend the pilot programme on Rarotonga and the outer islands and provide information for proposals to NZAid and other agencies for consideration of future grants. The workshop ends tomorrow. - Release/LL