PEARL Learning Materials for Tonga: page from the Teacher Guide PEARL Learning Materials for Tonga: page from the Teacher Guide PEARL Learning Materials for Tonga: page from the Student Activity Book PEARL Learning Materials for Tonga: Student Activity Book cover

PEARL Learning Materials for Tonga

Student textbooks and teacher guides

Pacific Early Age Readiness and Learning (PEARL) textbooks were developed for Tonga by the World Bank Group in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Training of Tonga.

Nikki M group provided graphic design and publishing services including:

  • project scheduling
  • cover design
  • text and layout design
  • typesetting
  • finished art
  • illustration
  • font creation.

Graphic design

In development, early learning and cultural considerations were a major design focus. Imagery and references to objects, clothing and style were important for recognition, identity and belonging.

PEARL Learning Materials for Tonga: Teacher Guide cover

Fonts, shapes and composition were used to create a recognisable style across the series. Colour and traditional ngatu patterns were applied to identify class and term.

Stitched together in Tongan

English translations were used during design. Once designed, textbooks were literally stitch together in Tongan.

PEARL Learning Materials for Tonga: spread from the Student Activity Book

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Fonts designed for early learning

In coordination with the Ministry of Education and Training of Tonga, Nikki M Group designed fonts specifically for early readers.

Fonts included slab-serif fonts for headings, san-serif fonts for text and handwriting fonts for students to practice letter, word and sentence writing.

PEARL Learning Materials for Tonga: detail from the Student Wrting Book showing a dot font for tracing

The circle above shows detail from the Student Writing Book. The letter P is displayed as a dot font for students to trace. Images of a hat, belt and shoes have been used as a simple way for teachers to explain, and for students to remember, key points when drawing letter forms.

The handwriting fonts developed for PEARL include a solid and dot font for tracing. These handwriting fonts are unique in that the x‑height is exactly half the cap height.

Fast facts

Total pages

850

Client
World Bank Group in conjunction with
the Ministry of Education and Training of Tonga
Series
Pacific Early Age Readiness and Learning (PEARL)
Market
Class 1 students and teachers
Services
Book designBook cover designGraphic designIllustrationFont designPublishing