Posted on | September 30, 2011 | Comments Off
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded a $390,000 grant to support Native Hawaiian students studying to become teachers and teacher leaders at Mānoa’s College of Education Hoʻokulāiwi Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education.
The grant award will be divided over two years and be used towards scholarships and stipends for pre-service teachers enrolled in the bachelor of education program, pre-service teachers enrolled in the master of education in teaching program and in-service teachers enrolled in the doctoral programs.
Hoʻokulāiwi Director of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies Kimo Cashman notes that OHA’s ongoing commitment to supporting the preparation of teachers and teacher leaders for schools in Native Hawaiian communities continues to maximize life’s opportunities for Hawaiian children. “OHA and Hoʻokulāiwi are united in this mission,” says Cashman.
For Kahealaniakealoha Kaohelaulii Faria, Niʻihau native and coordinator of the Niʻihau cohort in the BEd program, the OHA award is particularly important. “I am grateful for the unfaltering support that OHA has given our cohort. Right from the beginning, OHA has funded our efforts. In truth, we would not have been able to offer the program without OHA’s support. It will be a great day for our Niihau community when our five teachers step up to receive their bachelors degrees.”