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Press release – PacREF

The Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF) and the University of the South Pacific Institute of Education (USP-IoE) recently completed a series of webinars addressing critical implications for education emerging from the projects educational development…

The Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF) and the University of the South Pacific Institute of Education (USP-IoE) recently completed a series of webinars addressing critical implications for education emerging from the projects. development of education in the Pacific region.

The Vaka Pasifiki Education Webinar Series focused on three school literacy and leadership projects implemented in the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Tonga between 2014 and 2021, funded by the New Zealand. Lessons learned from these projects were shared in four webinars on July 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2022.

The “Learnings shared from the Leaders and Education Authority (LEAP) Project, the Pacific Literacy and School Leadership Project (PLSLP) and the Tonga Education Support Activity (TESA)” is an activity under Policy Area 4 – Pacific Regional Education Teaching Profession. Framework (PacREF). These projects were implemented in partnership with the respective Ministries of Education, by a consortium including the USP Institute of Education (USP-IoE) and the University of Auckland (UoA), and for the Solomon Islands, the Fellowship of Faithful Mentors (FFM).

Previous evaluation reports for each project have demonstrated notable successes in advancing learning outcomes. The webinar series allowed those involved in the projects to share the combination of conditions and components that contributed to success and learnings for future activities, including the continued need to:

  • cultivate relational leadership, local expertise and commitment;
  • fostering collective learning and creating a legacy for sustainability;
  • invest in culturally, contextually and linguistically appropriate methodologies and resources;
  • explore “local” and context-appropriate models for professional development in each Pacific country context;
  • and consider the results of this research for initiatives under the Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF).

Panelists included Associate Professor Kabini Sanga (Victoria University of Wellington), Associate Professor Rebecca Jesson (University of Auckland) and Rt. Hon. Dr ‘Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki (Christ’s University in Pacific), Dr Pip Arnold (Karekare Education), Dr Teukava Finau (University of the South Pacific), Dr Irene Paulsen, Fellow and Mentor (Fellowship of Faithful Mentors (FFM)), Stanley Houma, researcher and mentor (Fellowship of Faithful Mentors (FFM)), Ana Heti Veikune (USP), Roselyn Maneipuri (Solomon Islands National University), Dr Seu’ula Johansson-Fua (USP) and Dr Jacinta Oldehaver (University of Auckland) . Rebecca Spratt, IoE Research Associate, was the chair and moderator for all webinar events.

IoE Director Dr Seu’ula Johansson-Fua said the webinar series was a vital activity as it helps build school literacy and leadership in the region.

She highlighted that Pacific educators benefit from the shared learnings provided and the opportunities to advance learning outcomes. While the audience received cross-disciplinary knowledge from the panelists through the sharing of successes and lessons learned.

“As a result, the webinar greatly increases awareness of school literacy and leadership advancements in the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Tonga, which could benefit other Pacific countries,” he said. she adds.

Dr Seu’ula pointed out that the webinar series has also contributed to the overall output in the PacREF policy area of ​​the teaching profession where “the areas of school leadership are applied to the development evidence base professional and learning (PDL) strategically targeted to improve student learning outcomes“.

USP-IoE is one of the implementing agencies of PacREF.

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