Monday, October 18, 2021

Tuvalu Language Week goes online

Tuvalu Language Week celebrations will be moved online due to the uncertainty around COVID-19, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio announced today.

“However it is a timely reminder of the power of embracing both traditional and new ways of doing things. It has been confirmed this year’s remaining Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) Pacific Language Weeks will be celebrated online,” he said.

“Tuvalu Language Week is the sixth Pacific language week of 2021, and in line with the others already celebrated, its overarching theme is wellbeing.

“The Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust selected, “Fakaakoigina tou iloga kae tukeli ke magoi mote ataeao”, which in English means, “Embracing our culture and a more secure vibrant future.”

“This relates to the role of language and culture in assuring a vibrant future for Tuvaluans throughout the country. This is a holistic view of wellbeing for the Tuvalu community essential in the uncertain times we face, with COVID-19 resurging when we least expect it. “

Tuvalu is made up of nine inhabited islands with a population of approximately 11,000. It is the fourth-smallest nation in the world.

There are approximately 4,653 people who identify as being from Tuvalu living in Aotearoa, according to the 2018 Census.

Tuvaluan communities in New Zealand are also more keenly aware of the impact climate change continues to have on their island home and the future survival of their heritage and language,” Aupito William Sio said.

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