Preparing Pasifika for the digital world is vital, says NZQA chief

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'Todays job market is becoming more digital we need to be prepared'... Karen Poutasi speaking at the Tertiary Education Forum held at the University of Auckland's Fale Pasifika this week. Image: TJ Aumua/PMC

By TJ Aumua in Auckland

The importance of preparing our Pasifika youth to succeed in a digitally connected world was a key message delivered this week by the NZQA, chief-executive, Karen Poutasi.

Speaking at the Pacific Tertiary Education Forum held in Auckland this week Poutasi said there needs to be a greater leverage between education and the opportunities of digital technology.

Workers need a different mix of innovative skills to thrive in todays job market.
Workers need a different mix of innovative skills to thrive in todays job market.

“We live in a different world at the moment, it’s global, digital and connected.

“As an education system we need to reflect the world that they are growing up in and the world they will be employed in.”

Poutasi said it is not as easy task for teachers as many didn’t grow up in a “digital enabled world”.

“Yet it is vital that we actually use technology, exploit the opportunity and manage the risks and therefore tutors and teachers are needing to grapple with it.”

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‘But never underestimate the power of teachers in influencing Pasifika success’, she added.

Future employment 

In her presentation Poutasi referred to a World Economic Forum survey, which suggest 16 skills needed for employment in the 21st century.

This is what international employers want, Poutasi said.

“These are the skills education in some way, shape or form need to deliver.”

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TJ Aumua is Pacific Media Watch freedom project contributing editor for the Pacific Media Centre (2016). She is a recent graduate of Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) degree and with a BCS majoring in journalism and a minor in screen writing. TJ is also a contributor for the PMC Online and Asia Pacific Report and has been a recent summer research intern with Pacific Journalism Review.

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