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 “Sharing Best Practice in Pacific Education”, 20-24 March 2009, Tonga

The theme of the conference is “Sharing Best Practice in Pacific Education”.  PRIDE National Project Coordinators will be presenting examples of best practice in a range of PRIDE sub-projects.

The conference will end with a showcase exhibition which will be visited by participants of the Forum Education Ministers Ministers Meeting (held 25-26 March in Tonga) and will also be open to the public.

Exhibition templates are available to assist NPCs

Poster template (A3) 3 pages

Multimedia template (powerpoint)

Multimedia presentation example


Pacific Knowledge Societies: developing equitable access to quality resources and information literacy, 8-13th September 2008, Fiji

the 9th PRIDE Regional Workshop was supported by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Pacific Regional Initiatives for the Delivery of basic Education (PRIDE), Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL).

The key workshop objectives were:

  • Create awareness of the importance of equitable access to quality resources to support teaching and learning in the Pacific. These include school libraries/learning centres and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
  • To understand the visions, experiences, practices and challenges of developing equitable access to quality resources and information literacy globally and in Pacific countries.
  • Strengthen national and regional understanding and action around information literary and use of ICT in teaching and learning.
  • Build the capacity of government policy makers and practitioners to develop policy, curriculum guidelines/framework, appropriate programmes and initiatives to provide equitable access to quality resources and develop information literacy in order to build Pacific knowledge societies.
  • Generate awareness of the One Lap Top per Child (OLPC) Oceania and the Rural Internet Connectivity (RICs) projects currently being implemented

The workshop programme and presentations are available here

The pre worskhop reading is available here and the pre workshop country survey and presentation templates, along with the workshop group work is available here.

Advancing Inclusive Education in the Pacific, Nadi, Fiji, 1-5 October 2007

The Eighth PRIDE Project Regional Workshop on ‘Advancing Inclusive Education in the Pacific’ took place in Nadi, Fiji from 1-5 October 2007. This workshop was the second in a partnership between the Project, PREL, UNICEF, UNESCO, PIFS, SPBEA and the Fiji Government/Ministry of Education.  The workshop targeted high level decision makers/experts from the Ministry of Education and representatives from key NGO stakeholders involved in supporting inclusive education. The key objectives of the workshop were:

  • To understand the visions, experiences, practices and challenges of Inclusive Education globally and in Pacific countries;
  • To identify key strategies needed for wider implementation of inclusive practices and their implications for children with disabilities in Pacific Island Countries;
  • To discuss, explore and investigate future national and regional strategies and actions aimed at strengthening Inclusive Education within the framework of the Education for All initiative; 
  • To recommend the way forward in regards to charting a new direction for Inclusive Education at the national level in Pacific Island Countries.

Workshop outputs included:

  • A common Pacific definition of Inclusive Education based on the discussions around an appreciation of what Inclusive Education means in each country and at the regional and international level;
  • A policy framework on Inclusive Education;
  • A draft status report on the situation of Inclusive Education in Pacific Island Countries;

The PRIDE Project will publish the content of the workshop as part of its Pacific Education Series.


Supporting Learning from 0-8: Creating the future, Honiara, Solomon Islands, 26-30 March 2007

The Seventh PRIDE Project Regional Workshop on "Supporting Learning from 0-8: Creating the future" took place in  Honiara, Solomon Islands, 26-30 March 2007. This workshop was a partnership between the Project, UNICEF, SPBEA, UNESCO, PREL and the Solomon Islands Government. The workshop targeted government policy makers and NGO practitioners and carers of children between the ages of 0-8. The key objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Reconfirm the importance of 0 – 8 years olds’ care, development and learning
  • Get government policy makers and practitioners of 0 – 8 years olds education to commit to developing vision, policy, curriculum guidelines/framework and appropriate programmes and initiatives for this age group.
  • Strengthen the national and regional networking amongst 0 - 8 practitioners.
  • Share assessment techniques used for 0 -8 years olds.

Papers presented at the workshop can be found at

The Role of TVET in Pacific Secondary Schools: New Visions; New Pathways, Palasia Hotel, Koror, Palau, 15-22 November 2006

The Sixth PRIDE Project Regional Workshop on "The Role of TVET in Pacific Secondary Schools: New Visions; New Pathways" took place in Koror, Palau, 15-22 November 2006.   36 participants from 15 Pacific countries attended the workshop.  The workshop aimed to provide capacity building for senior educators by engaging them in the process of reconceptualising vocational education in their country and in the region. Part of the process required reflecting on global development in vocational education and examining the implications for the Pacific. The notion of syncretising the best of the contemporary global with the best of the local was embedded at the heart of the workshop. Rupert Maclean, director of UNESCO UNEVOC, gave several key presentations. The workshop was funded by the PRIDE Project in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC and PATVET

Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) - Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Tuvalu, 23 July 2006

The PRIDE is working with UniQuest to develop an EMIS for our 4 smaller states. The proposed system will enable the Ministries of Education in Tuvalu, Tokelau, Niue and Nauru to: Manage, analyse and report on annually collected education sector information to support education sector management and operational planning; Monitor trends in data to support long range strategic planning; Report on data against national monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess the progress and effectiveness of education sector development initiatives; and Report on data against international monitoring and evaluation frameworks such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Education For All (EFA) Indicators and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

During the initial phase of this project a request for information was sent out to the members countries.

Literacy and Numeracy Workshop, 24 -31, May 2006

The fifth PRIDE Project regional workshop was held at the Sia'atoutai Theological College in Tongatapu, Tonga from 24th - 31th May 2006. The aim of the workshop was to engage participants in the process of reconceptualising the way literacy (both English and Vernacular) and numeracy is thought about and practised in their own country, and in the region. Part of the process  required reflecting on global developments in these areas and examining the implications for the Pacific.

Teacher Education Workshop, 28 November - 02 December, 2005, National University of Samoa, Apia, Samoa

The fourth PRIDE Project regional workshop was held at the National University of Samoa from 28th November to 2nd December 2005. The theme of the workshop was 'Teacher Education for New Times: Reconceptualising Pedagogy and Learning in the Pacific'. The programme was intensive for the 52 participants from our member countries. The presentations made by the three keynote speakers, Professor Allan Luke, Professor Russell Bishop, and Professor Carmen Luke, provided big picture perspectives on educational reforms and developments in the West and Asia. Professor Allan Luke made two presentations: 'Globalisation & Education: remaking schools in new times' and 'Reform, Pedagogy, Teacher development'. Contextualising the workshop theme Professor Bishop made two presentations from a Maori perspective: Te Kotahitanga, a whole-school, systemic change programme targeted at improving Maori students' educational achievement, and a model from which to develop a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy of Relations

Supporting Learning from 0-8: Creating the future, Honiara, Solomon Islands, 26-30 March 2007

Relevant readings

The participants were divided into 10 group and were interactively engaged in workgroup tasks throughout the week; their presentations on the 10 assigned topics ( Group 1: Models of in-service delivery; Group 2: Professional development of teacher educators; Group 3: Models of pre-service delivery; Group 4: Local knowledge and wisdom in pre- and in-service teacher education; Group 5: The reform of pre-service education; Group 6: Teaching practice; Group 7: Management of in-service teacher education; Group 8: Values education; Group 9: In-service delivery and the reform of education; and,  Group 10: In-service support of new teachers ) are an important outcome of the workshop and will be included in our book. Una Nabobo, our critical friend and workshop evaluator, provided three highlight reports and a summary of the workshop was provided by Priscilla Puamau.

Financing of Education Workshop 28 July - 03 August, 2005 in Vanuatu

The workshop focused on three themes: The management of financial data on education; The use of financial data on education for strategic planning purposes; and Linkages between financial inputs and desired educational outcomes.

Language Policy Education Workshop, FIJI, 2 - 9 Feb, 2005

The Education Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum countries in their meeting in Apia, Samoa in January of 2004 mandated the PRIDE Project to hold a regional meeting for senior education officials on language policy and practice to encourage countries to adopt national language policies as part of the education planning process. This Workshop was delivered during the 2-9 February 2005 and was attended by representatives from all the 15 member states of the PRIDE Project.

PRIDE National Workshop, on Principles of In-service Training, VANUATU, 7 to 11 March, 2005.

At the invitation of the Ministry of Education in Vanuatu, Priscilla Puamau and Bob Teasdale assisted with this workshop in Port Vila. It focused on how to prepare teachers to implement the new education reforms in Vanuatu, reforms that will see the extension of universal basic education from six to eight years.

The PRIDE Project presented a paper entitled "The big picture: international perspectives on the reform of education (English ver.); (Ver. Francais)

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