Mālō e lelei! It is our pleasure to announce that the Ministry of Education and Training – Tonga in partnership with the Tonga Institute of Education and the Institute of Education, USP will be hosting the 4th Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference (VPEC) in Nuku‘alofa, Tonga, on the 28th October 2021. The conference this year marks 20 years of the Re-thinking Pacific Education Initiative by Pacific Peoples for Pacific Peoples (RPEIPP).

The Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference grew out of the RPEIPP initiative and the Institute of Education, USP is the secretariat. VPEC is normally a regional conference and was planned to be held this year in the Marshall Islands. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the regional committee encouraged Pacific Islands to host their own Vaka in-country, whereby Tonga and Samoa have confirmed to host their own Vaka.

The Tonga VPEC is adopting the conference format of Fofola e Falá ka e Alea e Kāingá (Rolling out the mat for the kin to talk). The Working Committee has selected influential people to speak in the key areas of ako, lotu, nofo ‘a kāinga and the industry for the improvement of education quality in Tonga.

For more information about registrations and the conference program, please contact Afuafu Kautoke: Email – afuafu.kautoke@usp.ac.fj, Telephone – +676 29055.


Conference Conveners
  • Dr Tangikina Moimoi-Steen, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Education and Training
  • Mr Siofilisi Hingano, Principal, Tonga Institute of Education
  • Dr Mo’ale ‘Otunuku, Research & Development Lead, Institute of Education
Working Committee
  • Logistics Committee
    Viliami Vakapuna, Tonga Institute of Education
    Losana Latu, Ministry of Education and Training
    Mele Fakahua, Tonga Institute of Education
    Lola Tokotaha, Ministry of Education and Training
    ‘Ilaisaane Fatukala, Tonga Institute of Education
    Afuafu Lupemu’a Kautoke, Institute of Education
  • Program Committee
    Dr Teukava Finau, Institute of Education
    Dr ‘Ungatea Kata, Tupou Tertiary Institute
    ‘Alisi Malafu, Tonga Institute of Education
    ‘Amelia Folaumahina, Ministry of Education
    ‘Isikeli Oko, Ministry of Education & Training
    ‘Ana Lupe Voi, Ministry of Education & Training
Conference Speakers
  • Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, Minister for Ministry of Education and Training
  • Rev. Semisi Fonua, President – Free Church of Tonga
  • Lord Vaea, Member of the Tongan Nobility – Noble of Houma
  • Dr ‘Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki, Former Minister of Education and Training
  • Rev. ‘Alifeleti ‘Atiola, Secretary – Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga & Principal Tupou College
  • Mrs Fatafehi Fifita, Principal – Liahona High School
  • Mr Minoru Nishi, Managing Director – Nishi Trading Company Limited
  • Mr Tevita Palu, CEO – Palu Aviation Services
  • Dr Viliami Fifita, Government Statistician – Statistics Department
  • Bishop Soane Patita Paini Cardinal Mafi, Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Tonga & Niue