Warm Pacific Greetings
Welcome to the Australian Pasifika Educators Network (APEN). APEN aims to support Pasifika learners, families and community educational achievement and aspirations through an education action plan that is designed by and for Pasifika people.
Pasifika Communities in Australia
APEN's latest report unveils Australia’s rich Pasifika communities, analysing data from the 2021 Australian Bureau of Statistics census. It comprehensively examines the challenges, progress, and unique contributions of these communities in our nation.
Advancing Pasifika excellence
APEN is also a channel through which community, educational institutions, local and national government and policymakers can access Australian Pasifika perspectives, advice and strategic direction to enhance policies, strategies, and programs that impact Pasifika learners in Australia.
Strengthen the recognition and application of Pasifika ontologies, epistemologies, and pedagogical perspectives.
Champion policies that are informed by and resonate with Pasifika values, celebrating and elevating Pasifika excellence.
Promote cultural and social cohesion, ensuring equity and inclusion for Pasifika learners and communities.
APEN welcomes members living in Australia with Pacific Islander and Māori ancestry and heritage and we seek diverse perspectives working together toward a common goal. The network commits to working collaboratively with Australian Indigenous and Pacific Indigenous peoples locally, regionally and globally.
Our vision is to empower Pasifika educators, learners and communities to thrive in Australian society.
Australia Pasifika Educators Conference
APEN was incredibly proud to deliver the inaugural Australian Pasifika Educators Conference in December 2021 and the first in-person Conference in 2023 at Western Sydney University. Major thanks go to the Pasifika programs at the University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University, whose co-sponsorship helped deliver such a successful event. The APEN conference brings together Pasifika staff, practitioners, and representatives from Australia's Secondary, Tertiary, and Vocational education and training sectors to strengthen, support, and advance educational opportunities, achievements, and outcomes for Pasifika communities.