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Regional Workshop on ICT in Education
25 - 29 January 2005

A Regional Workshop on ICT in Education was held at the Raffles Tradewinds Hotel, Suva, from 25 - 29 January, 2005.

Workshop Programme [pdf] Country Status Report [pdf]
Participants List [pdf] Presentations

The main objectives of the workshop were:

  1. To share the results of the research titled "Evaluation of the Computer Science (CS) Curriculum in Fiji Secondary Schools" conducted under the JICA project.
  2. To reflect and review the current regional situation of ICT Education and explore opportunities to enhance it.
  3. To establish some systematic approach at the regional level to ensure that educational goals are met in the best possible way.
The workshop which was opened by Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rajesh Chandra included a total of fifty-five (55) participants who attended various sessions of the 5-day workshop. Participants included government representatives from USP member countries, Regional Organisations, USP staff, other educational institutions, and Funding Agencies. Regional participants were from Tonga (2), Marshall Islands (1), Kiribati (1), Tuvalu (1), Solomon Islands (1), Samoa (2), Niue (2) and Nauru (2).

Programme Plan
The programme was divided into 6 main sessions which included presentations and group discussions. The whole programme was flexible to allow changes to be made during sessions upon the request of participants to the facilitators. This was found to be very useful as it allowed greater ownership of the workshop by the participants. A field trip to Tailevu North College was also organised to show participants a case of rural school that had successfully incorporated ICT education into its school system. Programme is attached.

Conceptual Framework for Regional ICT Education
An emerging framework based on the collective thinking of participants emerged out of the workshop. Such a regional framework was seen as a guideline that would keep the region informed of international standards and changes in the field of ICT, and at the same coordinate efforts to develop ICT in the Pacific.

Participants' Evaluation
Participants were asked to complete an evaluation form on the conference. Overall, participants agreed that the output matched their experience at the workshop in terms of:
  • Learning more about the standards of ICT in other Pacific countries;
  • Learning how ICT can be implemented in education in Pacific island countries;
  • The importance of ICT development and finding some solutions to the issues raised.
Some participants stated that preparing the Action Plans and cooperation of other country representatives was the most challenging. Some mentioned filtering through the information and adapting some ideas to their own country would be challenging. Some participants were concerned that implementing the Action Plans in their country and gaining political support for this would be the most challenging tasks, although this was more after the workshop then during. One person mentioned that remembering some ICT terms was confusing.