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Re-conceptualizing the economics of education with specific reference to Early Childhood Education and Care(ECEC) in selected Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Date: 08.09.2017 15:46 Age: 166 days

Presenter: Ms Kelesi Whippy and Dr Lavinia Tiko, School of Education, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.


This research project looked at the economic issues relating to education that included the demand, financing and the provision of education with specific reference to Early

Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). From early works on the relationship between schooling and labour market outcomes for individuals, the field of the economics of education has grown rapidly to cover virtually all areas with linkages to education. In essence, the main aim of this study is to strengthen partnership with stakeholders in an attempt to assist the SIDS to improve efficacy and productivity towards achieving quality programmes in ECEC. The results collated through a series of veitalanoayaga or meaningful dialoging depicted similar trends across the research participants. Generally, there is an emerging commitment of the SIDS as the regulatorv/governing body in the development and monitoring of policy regulations that provide incentives for government/private-run preschools and kindergartens. Specifically, there is a dire need to capacitate members of the community to take up proactive roles in children’s educational journey in partnership with teacher education providers in terms of entrepreneurship within the local potential to effectively pre/K.

Date: Thursday 14 September 2017

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: FALE Meeting Room

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