Frances C. Koya Vaka’uta | TEDxTalks

Frances Cresantia Koya Vaka’uta is Associate Dean of Research & Internationalization at the Faculty of Arts, Law & Education at The University of the South Pacific.

She teaches curriculum studies and education in small island developing states, with a particular interest in Education for Sustainable Development and Rethinking Pacific Island Education.

Frances is a poet and artist who is passionate about the state of education and development in the Pacific.

Her doctorate study explored the heritage art forms of tapa and tattooing in Samoa and Tonga as sites of knowing, learning being and becoming.

Frances’ talk encourages us to seriously consider the history and layers of meaning in the cultural motifs and symbols that surround us in the Pacific.