A report that will provide a platform to build on Pacific science, technology and innovation initiatives has been released by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio.
“The report collates and brings together the findings of discussions with 140 Pacific community and sector leaders who attended the Lalanga Fou Languages and High Tech Fono held in November 2019,” says Aupito William Sio.
“The fono was a unique opportunity to bring together, for the first time, Pacific communities, key stakeholders from the private sector and government (both domestic and from Pacific countries), to collectively talanoa (talk) about Pacific languages and technology.
“It was also an opportunity to share, navigate, identify, and design the ways that science and technology can best be utilised to revitalise languages and cultures, and protect Pacific indigenous knowledge.
“The findings have been important for the advancement of this Government’s work programme and goals for more prosperous Pacific communities and languages.
“It’s a step towards turning a shared vision into something tangible that Pacific communities can celebrate and be proud of.
“It resulted in a push for greater participation in the Toloa Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme and enabled a more collaborative approach among government agencies to support the expansion of a number of work plans, including Toloa.
“The insights we got from the fono also made a difference in the way that key messages were communicated to Pacific communities and was particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, when our communities were able to hear and read key messages in languages they understood.
“It is critical that we take these learnings and apply it across the board. Only then can we ensure that Pacific groups get the opportunities the digital economy offers and encourage our communities to develop and lead their own planning to grow,” says Aupito William Sio
To access the Lalanga Fou Languages and High Tech Fono Report, click here