Every single person have had their lives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another.

Across Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and the rest of the world we have heard countless stories detailing how their lives have been affected by the pandemic response.

The gift of listening is something that underpins all human connection. It has become clear during this time of COVID that what is needed from educators and ministers is a gentle, attentive listener.

There are many gifts of being an influential speaker, a performer who is able to shift minds and hearts with words, a musician who sings to the soul, or many other such talented individuals who use words and voices for good.

Classrooms – closed. School yards – empty. Staffrooms – quiet. Yet all about is noise and activity. The buzz of a normal school day now comes alive through a screen and set of headphones. In a time of uncertainty and change one thing remains constant – teachers will find a way to teach and students will find a way to learn.