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Non-Profit Launches Educational Initiative Empowering Educators in the Pacific Islands

The Islands Society launches the first regional "Islands in the Classroom" program focusing on educators in the Pacific region.

Honolulu, HI, September 01, 2015 --( The 'Islands in the Classroom' initiative is unique in that it is a collaborative project involving educators from island communities around the world committed to improve the quality and content of curricula. The first region of focus will be the Pacific Islands. Educators in K-12 schools are are invited to submit lesson plans based on three local themes namely history, culture and peoples. There will also be a fourth area with a more global focus - climate change.

The Pacific Islands in the Classroom aims to help teachers incorporate the use of commons and free technologies to enhance lesson plans which promote the unique insights and experiences of Pacific Islanders.

"We are very excited to launch the 'Pacific Islands in the Classroom' project," says Vice President of the Islands Society, Keiko Ono. "Alongside supporting subjects for students across K-12, the program will also provide an invaluable platform for unique histories, cultures and experiences of the Pacific Islands to be incorporated into lesson plans. Given that much of the rich histories and cultures in the region is primarily shared within families and through oral traditions the incorporation of indigenous knowledge will benefit classrooms locally and abroad in appreciating the unique perspectives and experiences island communities have to offer."

Educators will be provided a global platform to share lesson plans and will in turn be connected to a network of fellow teachers from island communities around the globe. The project's Vision, Mission and Goals can be found below.

Pacific Islands in the Classroom seeks to inspire students to become ambassadors, advocates, and change-agents of their communities.

We will prepare our students to gain the critical thinking skills needed to understand the issues facing their communities.

1. To teach history and culture of diverse communities
2. To expose students to global social issues around the world
3. To facilitate discussion of issues facing Island communities

Any enquiries to participate or learn more about the 'Pacific Islands in the Classroom' program should please be directed to Ms. Charity Porotesano at

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 center on nine issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists.


Pacific Islands Society

The Pacific Islands Society a constituent society of the Islands Society. It is dedicated to promoting promoting stronger people-people relations between the Pacific Island Countries and beyond through speaking series, cultural events and annual campaigns.


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