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SOE participates in 2nd International Pasifika ECE meet

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Participants at the 2nd International Pasifika ECE in Auckland, New Zealand.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), School of Education (SOE) in conjunction with University of Auckland’s (UoA) Faculty of Education and Social Work co-hosted the Second International Pasifika Early Childhood Education (ECE) Conference (IPECEC2) at the Epsom Campus on Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand from 3 to 7 October, 2016.

Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of USP’s School of Education, in his message to participants said it was the “perfect time to reconnect, share and reflect on the knowledge, skills, values and beliefs gained thus far in early childhood education.”

Furthermore, he said it was an opportune time to continue to share the latest thinking on these aspects and to be “receptive to innovative ideas that would assist us to better negotiate our educational landscapes”.

“It is common knowledge that ECE lays the foundation of quality sustainable education and it is at this level that one expects ground breaking and phenomenal achievements to take place,” explained Professor Lingam.

The theme of the conference was ‘Voyaging the Oceanic Terrains: Sustainability in Pasifika ECE’.

Ms Manutai Leaupepe, Conference Convener, laments that the notion of ‘voyaging’ is continuous and requires on-going opportunities for academics, researchers, scholars, educators, policy makers and those within the ECE as well as the private sector to be part of this exciting journey.

“This collaborative partnership move is strengthened by a shared understanding and commitment to continually build and enhance Pasifika ECE,” added Ms. Leaupepe.

She further mentioned that “with the relentless threats concerning climate change within the Pacific region coupled with economic and political anomalies, ideas associated with ‘sustainability’ call for new, innovative and creative ways that espouse Pasifika ECE”.

In addition, the kinds of synergies that continue to be stimulated within a hybrid of the collective and the potential that exists when people unite for a common purpose is powerful yet humbling, she added.

It’s theme continues the critical discussions and lessons learned and shared from the first conference, which marked a significant milestone in the development of Pasifika ECE within Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific region and internationally.

With the theme, ‘A call from the deep: Reclaiming our Future,’ the first conference provided a unique time and space for academics, researchers, scholars, and educators from across the region and beyond the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand to share, challenge and celebrate  their pedagogical experiences, theoretical knowledges and research.

USP’s School of Education is likely to host the 2019 Third International Pasifika Conference (IPECEC3) in Fiji.

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