GDOE Students and Educators to Participate in FestPac

The Festival of the Pacific Arts is the largest cultural event of the region and now the largest GovGuam agency will be partnering up with the event coordinators to seize the once in a lifetime opportunity of teaching and learning from one another.

Guam – The Guam Department of Education is going to be participating in the largest cultural event of the region: The Festival of the Pacific Arts.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says, “Everybody knows FestPac is happening in May. It’s a big deal for Guam. It’s going to be the first time in a long time that Guam is going to host and it’s only one every four years.”
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says they’re working with the festival director to tie in the event to the cultural programs within the department. He explains, “This is a real opportunity for learning for our kids, an opportunity for us to be proud and showcase our students and employees. 50 to 75% of these performers and artists are actually employees of the Department of Education.”
Fernandez says participating in FestPac will not only showcase Guam to the visiting delegations, but it’s also an opportunity to learn about the other island cultures as well. He explains that they’re working with the festival coordinators to be a part of the opening ceremony and maybe even perform for the visitors.
Fernandez says, “Another idea is perhaps every school going to adopt a visiting delegation and going to organizer a way to meet and greet or host them at the school. We haven’t worked out all the details yet but we just want to make sure we don’t lose the opportunity to teach our kids about their place in the region and in the world.” 
Fernandez says with GDOE’s growing Chamorro language and culture program, teachers and students will be celebrating Mes Chamorro in March but also preparing for the FestPac event. He explains, “What it’s going to happen here on Guam, it’s going to be a one in a lifetime for many of them and for many of our students. What I’d like to see happen is that we take it and embrace it in full force. That we turn it into an educational opportunity for our kids and their families and our teachers and administrators as well and build momentum so we can be active participants and players in showcasing our island and helping our kids learn about their culture.”