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Public Perceptions of Child Poverty Research in Tonga

The Tonga Department of Statistics and the IoE R&D Programme have engaged in a collaborative partnership in implementing applied field work capacity research on the Public Perception of Child Poverty in Tonga.

The R&D Programme Lead of the IoE, Dr Mo’ale ‘Otunuku and IoE Reseach Associate, Dr Teukava Finau leads the research team in integrating local and indigenous knowledge methodology, such as the Fono (Focus Group), to obtain highly inclusive and qualitative data on the public perceptions of poverty indicators and sustainable development from the communities through culturally-specific modes of the Talanoa and the Talanga(discussions).

Health Series Project

In collaboration with the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), the Tonga Ministry of Health, and Tonga Ministry of Education & Training to develop, and print a 10-book series (5 Fiction and 5 Non-Fiction books) known as the Health Series. The project aims at improving and supporting key NCD prevention health messaging through picture storybooks for pre-primary aged children in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Talanga in the Republic of Marshall Islands

USP RMI director, Dr. Irene Taafaki, and IOE team members met with key stakeholders on Majuro to bwebwenato, a Marshallese term for discussion and to further elaborate on USP's role in the Improved Quality Basic Education (IQBE) project. Three USP groups are involved in the project - USP RMI, School of Education, and IOE.

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