Two new special issues of Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists, showcase stories, poems and art about the vibrant cultures of Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Last year, young writers and artists aged 5-14 submitted over 400 stories, poems and art exploring their connections with the vibrant cultures of Latin America and Southeast Asia. They were encouraged to write in English, any languages of these regions or a creative mix of different languages as well as send any forms of visual art! 117 students had their work chosen for publication in the journals. 

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The School of Languages and Cultures at Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington coordinated a team of experts who translated all of the written pieces into the languages of the regions, creating multilingual publications in English and 14 other languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, Balinese, Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Malay, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, te reo Māori, Tetum and Vietnamese.

A copy of each will be given to every primary, intermediate school and public library in New Zealand.

In April 2019, The National Library of New Zealand, Services to Schools, also assisted by inviting teachers to join workshops to support the project in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in the first week of the school holidays. The purpose of these workshops was to provide teachers with resources and ideas that they can use in the classroom to teach their students about Southeast Asia and Latin America, and to inspire them to submit writing and art about these regions for publication.

If you missed the workshops, you can still download posters and teacher support material here.

The National Library has curated a set of resources for this special project based around culture, history, art, music, and events of interest from Latin America and Southeast Asia. These resources can be used to inspire art and writing based on these regions.

Teacher Support Material                                                  Southeast Asia Topic Explorer

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