The Waka Moana Learning Hub (WMLH) has embarked on a transformative voyage to steer the course of knowledge-sharing among countries in the Pacific region through its e-launch last week on June 28.
Together with the currents of educational needs and navigation of the region, the WMLH offers an extensive range of resources, professional learning materials, and research findings to support the development of literacy, numeracy, and non-cognitive skills to both educators and students.
“The Waka Moana Learning Hub provides platform for countries in the Pacific region to share resources and learn from each other’s experiences,” PacREF Facilitating Unit coordinator, Mr Filipe Jitoko said.
“By adopting a multi-dimensional approach incorporating online, print/in-person, and radio mediums, the Institute of Education – USP has taken a crucial step towards ensuring widespread access to educational resources across the Pacific region.
“We are now watching this Waka setting sail to our regional countries, and we look forward to you to receive our Waka,” he said.
This initiative is the outcome of a collaboration under the Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF), and the Institute of Education (IoE) and USP ITS division, marking a crucial step towards fostering positive change in Pacific classrooms.
Mr Jitoko’s sentiments were echoed by Tokitebwa Nabuange, from the Kiribati Ministry of Education.
“It (Waka Moana Learning Hub) is a good idea and it will be helpful to the Pacific regions in terms of learning and teaching,” he said.
“Teachers can share ideas, resources, etcetera from others, as same as students.”
The launch of the Waka Moana Learning Hub (WMLH) holds the potential to be a game-changer, providing valuable support to teachers, teacher trainees, and education officials in the participating countries.
The Waka Moana Learning Hub is designed to be a comprehensive repository of resources, catering to the teaching and learning needs of literacy, numeracy, and non-cognitive skills. By equipping educators with effective tools and materials, the WMLH aims to enhance classroom instruction, ultimately improving student outcomes and bridging educational disparities.
One of the key advantages of the WMLH is the provision of free access to professional learning materials.
Teachers often face challenges in staying abreast of the latest pedagogical techniques and educational research. Recognising this, the WMLH offers a wealth of professional learning materials that empower teachers to continually develop their teaching practices.
By staying updated with evidence-based strategies, educators can deliver high-quality instruction and adapt to the evolving needs of their students.
The resources provided by the WMLH cater to various needs, including classroom use, ongoing professional learning, and the development of research-led practice.
By equipping educators with the necessary tools and knowledge, the WMLH facilitates the implementation of effective teaching strategies and promotes educational excellence.
Beyond supporting literacy and numeracy education, the WMLH also places emphasis on the development of non-cognitive skills and technology-enhanced learning (TEL).
The WMLH also welcomes learning resources from environmental organisations and civil society organisations and will keep adding learning materials on the platform.
The launch of the Waka Moana Learning Hub, which witnessed the convergence of education personnel from the region, is a step closer to bridging digital divide in the education sector.
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