We are delighted to introduce two very special issues of Toitoi that showcase stories, poems and art about the vibrant cultures of Latin America and Southeast Asia commissioned by the Latin America and Southeast Asia Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs).
They feature work by young Kiwi creatives ages 5-14. The cover art for both journals was created by the incredibly talented Scarlet Connor, age 12.
The Toitoi special issues will be delivered free to every school and public library in New Zealand over the next few weeks.
The School of Languages and Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington coordinated a team of experts who translated the all of the writing in our journal into the languages of the Latin America region, creating a multilingual publication in English, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish.
The National Library of New Zealand, Services to Schools, hosted teacher workshops and provided free access to books about Latin America to inspire young writers and artists to make a creative submission. The Topic Explorer has a curated set of digital resources around culture, history and art from Latin America to encourage creative work based on the region.
Teaching for the Asia-Pacific is an innovative new website created by Te Whai Toi Tangata at the University of Waikato as part of the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence education programme. It has been specifically designed to connect New Zealand teachers with curated resources, tools and research that will help them integrate learning about the Asia-Pacific region into their current curricula.
The journals were commissioned by the Latin America and Southeast Asia Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs), in partnership with Toitoi Media and the School of Languages and Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington. We are also thrilled to have the support of the National Library of New Zealand.
The journals are part of the CAPEs’ schools programme, which aims to positively impact the education of New Zealand students by helping both teachers and students gain global competence with a specific focus on the Asia-Pacific region.