Lived Identities

The educational landscape from an Australian South Sea Islander standpoint has been one of contention. From the beginning, the Department of Education in Queensland accommodated Australian South Sea Islanders as part of the Education Act making it compulsory for them to attend school however, Australian South Sea Islander children were never set up to succeed. Parents and grandparents have done their best over the years to ensure their children have access to some form of education. The stories of history and culture on this website are a testament to the resilience of the ASSI people and their communities despite the challenges in their way.

For Australian South Sea Islander students to succeed, their history and culture needs to be valued. In addition, ALL students whether, they are ASSI or not, need to have the opportunity to learn about Australian South Sea Islander history and culture particularly in towns and cities where there are large communities of Australian South Sea Islander people. Education success for all is dependent on:

  1. The inclusion of Australian South Sea Islander history and culture into the ACARA curriculum,
  2. Teacher access to training and resources of Australian South Sea Islander history and culture and,
  3. Processes and protocols of engagement between schools and Australian South Sea Islander communities.

To assist with these efforts and as part of this Archaeology and Collections Project, we will be working to produce user friendly resources for schools and educators that highlight Australian South Sea Islander narratives and histories through Object Based Learning.