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Early Childhood Care and Education in the Pacific


Early Childhood Care and Education in the Pacific is an outcome of the regional workshop on early childhood care and education (ECCE) held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 26 – 30 March, 2007. With the South Pacific Board for Educational Assessment taking the lead role in organising the workshop in conjunction with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Education, this workshop was co-sponsored by five other development partners: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Pacific Regional Initiatives for the Delivery of basic Education (PRIDE), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, UNESCO and UNICEF.


Forty-two participants, representing government policy-makers and NGOs, engaged in ECCE in 14 Pacific Island Forum countries listened to global, regional and local keynote speakers and engaged passionately in discussing constructive ways to move ECCE forward in the region.

The book begins with the opening speech given by the former Solomon Islands Minister for Education (currently Prime Minister), the Honourable Dr Derek Sikua, ECCE advocate and champion. The rest of the book contains chapters written by resource people and participants. They cover global, regional and local perspectives. The book also includes a description of the current status of ECCE in the region, as well as coverage on assessment, curriculum standards, resources and teacher education.

The dearth of information and data on ECCE in the Pacific is somewhat rectified by Adi Davila Toganivalu’s comprehensive historical overview of ECCE in the Pacific over the last three decades.

In advocating for Pacific languages and cultures in ECCE, she argues that Pacific Island centres for ECCE “ought to be places where children are understood and treated with respect and dignity; where Pacific languages, stories, music, dance, art and crafts are promoted; and where beliefs, values, customs and traditions are evident and respected. When people come to these centres they must see and feel that they are in a Pacific centre for ECCE”.

ECCE providers, practitioners, teacher educators, policy-makers and researchers in early childhood education will find this book useful.


Portraits of the contributors viii

Abbreviations xiii

1 Opening Address at the Regional ECCE workshop, Honiara, Solomon Islands, 26 – 30 March 2007, Hon. Derek Sikua, Solomon Islands Minister for Education (MEHRD)

2 The education and care of 0 – 8 year-olds: building strong foundations for the future, Priscilla Puamau

3 Early childhood care and education in the Pacific: reflections of our past, our present and our future, Adi Davila Toganivalu

4 The current status of ECCE in Pacific Island countries, Frances Pene

5 Global and regional perspective: making a compelling case for early childhood care and education, Maki Hayashikawa

6 Six reasons to support early childhood care and education, Junko Miyahara

7 ECCE: assessment, monitoring and evaluation, Frances Pene

8 Resources for ECCE, Jennifer James

9 Developing an early childhood curriculum with standards in mind, Glen Palmer

10 Teacher education in ECCE, Desma Hughes, Ufemia Camaitoga and Jessie Fuamatu

11 The way forward for ECCE in Pacific Island countries, Ufemia Camaitoga

Appendix A: List of participants
Appendix B: Photo of participants

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