Rethinking Pacific Education Symposium


VAKA PASIFIKI - The Pacific Education and Research Foundation

Under the Re-thinking Pacific Education Initiative for and by Pacific Peoples (RPEIPP), the Pacific Education and Research Foundation (PERF) was established as a professional consortium for advocacy, mentorship and support for context-embedded educational research in the Pacific. The PERF has an Advisory Board which is chaired by Professor Konai Thaman (USP) and an approved constitution. Membership is open to all who are interested. PERF is not financially obliged to any organization or government, though it is supported by USP Institute of Education as the secretariat.

This Symposium

This symposium is organized as one of the activities marking "a decade of re-thinking Pacific education." Specifically, the one-day symposium is aimed at contributing towards nurturing a new generation of indigenous Pacific leader-scholars. The symposium is a seed-sewing event, which, over the next decade, might accompany this new generation of scholars as they learn and mature as Pacific leader-scholars.

As an introductory foundation-setting symposium, the symposium discussions will explore:

  • Indigenous Pacific research understandings/ frameworks including Pacific ethics.
  • Indigenous Pacific emerging research practices (including emerging cases, applications and experiences relating to Pacific ethics.
  • Country, government and community level challenges for indigenous Pacific research. University-Indigenous Pacific research interfaces, including challenges and training of Pacific researchers.

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