, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 215–228 | Cite as

Re-thinking English literacy development in Tonga: A case study, 2012–2017

  • Paul Jurmo
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This article presents a case study of a five-year English-literacy project carried out in primary and middle schools in the Pacific island nation of Tonga from 2012 to 2017. It summarizes why and how the project was begun; the activities carried out by Peace Corps Volunteers and Tongan partners; its objectives; and the products, procedures, and lessons that this international collaboration generated. The project aimed at building Tongan educators’ capacities to create, use, and sustain “child-centered” (or “student-centered”) instructional and assessment practices; use books, libraries, and technologies to support literacy development; strengthen family and community support for children’s learning and literacy development; and increase access by young children and in-school and out-of-school youth and adults to literacy development opportunities. The article concludes with recommendations for actions that policymakers, practitioners, and parents might take to build a more effective literacy development system in their nations.


Literacy English Tonga 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Consultant on Basic Education for DevelopmentBaltimoreUSA

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