From 2004 to the end of 2009 the PRIDE Resource Centre was a key activity under the Project objective of building regional capacity. The centre provided access to a unique collection of education policy, planning and development material from and relevant to the 15 Pacific countries of the Project. In addition the centre provided traditional library reference and research services and technical assistance to participating countries.
The resource centre developed the Pacific Archive of Digital Data for Learning and Education (PADDLE) www.paddle.usp.ac.fj and was responsible for the establishment of the Network of Pacific Educators (NOPE). www.usp.ac.fj/nope. The centre also produced a digital version of the two IOE journals Directions: Journal of Educational Studies and Pacific Curriculum Network www.directions.usp.ac.fj
The objectives of the centre were to:
* To encourage the sharing of best practice and experience amongst countries by providing access to a wide range of education data and resources.
* To develop a collection of material that will support and enrich the present and future work of the PRIDE Project and the Institute of Education (IOE).
* To encourage the use of the Resource Centre and its facilities by staff and clients.
* To cooperate with other libraries in the region and internationally, through professional networks.
While the PRIDE Project continues into 2010, it is important to note, however, that the PRIDE Resource Centre will not be extended to 2010. Key services of the PRIDE Resource Centre have been integrated in USP activities. This was a decision by the USP Senior Management Team based on a paper presented and discussed at a PRIDE Management Committee meeting. This is line with the PRIDE financing agreement which states “On project completion, regional support to Pacific APCs through USP’s Institute of Education will continue in the areas of … information sharing and maintenance of the online regional resource centre…”.
As part of this integration books from the centre have been integrated into USP Library and the USP Tonga Campus library. And the two unique databases PADDLE and Directions will stay online, care of USP Library. The Network of Pacific Educators will be managed by IOE staff in Tonga.