Guidance for teachers working with Pasifika students in secondary schools

Offer Me Encouragement at Every Opportunity

Consider
where I come from:
large family
church commitments
financial hardship
language barriers
lack of confidence
at school
I hide in the background
struggling to understand.
So please try to understand what I have written
what I have tried to express.
Offer me encouragement at every opportunity
help me to express myself freely.
Consider
my reluctance to approach
my reluctance to take risks
my reluctance to challenge the confident culture.
Offer me encouragement at every opportunity
Empower me
so that I can learn.

By Lino Nelisi
- from Many Voices, 1999

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