Pacific Media Watch

16 September 2016

NZ: Digital education vital for Pasifika success

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'Todays job market is becoming more digital we need to be prepared'... Karen Poutasi speaking at the Tertiary Education Forum. Image: TJ Aumua/PMC

TJ Aumua
AUCKLAND(Asia Pacific Report/ Pacific Media Watch): The importance of preparing our Pasifika youth to succeed in a digitally connected world was a key message delivered by the NZQA, chief-executive, Karen Poutasi.

Speaking at the Pacific Tertiary Education Forum in Auckland Poutasi said there needs to be a greater leverage between education and the opportunities of digital technology.

Workers need a different mix of innovative skills to thrive in today’s job market.

“We live in a different world at the moment, it's global, digital and connected.

"As an education system we need to reflect the world that they are growing up in and the world they will be employed in."

Poutasi said it is not as easy task for teachers as many didn't grow up in a "digital enabled world".

"Yet it is vital that we actually use technology, exploit the opportunity and manage the risks and therefore tutors and teachers are needing to grapple with it."

'But never underestimate the power of teachers in influencing Pasifika success', she added.

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TJ Aumua

Pacific Media Watch editor

TJ Aumua is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Communication Studies with a major in journalism and a minor in screen writing. She also gained an Honours degree in Communication Studies in 2015.