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Toward a theoretical framework for ethical educatinal aid within the Pacific region: Reflection the Nauru Teacher Educatin Project

Date: 24.04.2017 00:00 Age: 304 days
By: seta

Presenter: Dr Greg Burnett, Senior Lecturer, School of Educatin, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, The University of the South Pacific, Suva , Fiji.


The beginnings of the Nauru Teacher Education Project (NTEP) are typical of most educational aid projects delivered into the Pacific region from rim countries such as Australia and New Zealand informed as such by a range of competing discourses including: altruism, Pacific need and accountability. This presentation reflects on how educational aid might ethically position itself in relation to these discourses as well as respond to criticisms of Australian and New Zealand aid from within some sections of the Pacific education community. Reflections include the importance of: quality relationships; negotiation of epistemological, cultural and other differences; self- determination; globalisation; quality teaching and learning; and possible metaphors to guide educational aid towards its goals. Reflections cover two main dimensions, that is, the administrative aspects of partnering and other relationships contingent on successful educational outcomes as well as quality teaching and helping students to arrive at a self-determined approach to teaching congruent with local identity and aspirations in a globalising world. The tentative framework emerging may provide guidelines for further educational aid delivery in the Pacific region and contribute to on-going debate  constitutes an ethical approach to educational aid in the approach to educational aid in the Pacific region.

Date: Monday 24 April, 2017

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: FALE Meeting Room

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