Tablet application, board game, flashcards and worksheets


11 primary schools across the island of Tongatapu in Tonga


June 2017 - June 2018


Year 1 and Year 2 students
(ages 6 and 7)

An educational pilot program designed for Tongan children in their first or second year of school.
The main resource is a fun tablet application that engages children in learning through play, as they grow and collect healthy food items to use to make traditional meals. 
Motu Ta’e’iloa means Our Special Island in Tongan.
Image by Rachael Imam
Image courtesy of Millipede
Two Tongan characters, Kelela and Pulotu, support the player, while Maui-Kisikisi, the youngest son of the great Polynesian cultural hero Maui, helps out with the cooking.
Print resources in the form of a board game, flashcards and worksheets have also been designed. 
These materials support existing health and nutrition lessons in the classroom, and to extend the messaging in the app.
Image by Rachael Imam
Image by Rachael Imam
Our Special Island is an enjoyable, interactive way to increase children’s awareness of the fresh, local foods that are available around them, while promoting a positive attitude towards healthy eating.

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