The Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF) has taken a significant leap forward, thanks to the unwavering dedication of the Discipline of Education at the University of the South Pacific (USP).
In an exciting development, the Discipline of Education recently collaborated with the Ministry of Education in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Tuvalu and Fiji, to map a way forward for an Induction and Mentoring Programme for beginning teachers.
With a strong focus on enhancing teacher quality, their efforts will positively impact education in the Pacific, with the three countries (Fiji, Tuvalu and RMI) already committed to participating in this programme.
This collaborative effort involved the active participation of Heads of Schools and Early Childhood Education teachers. The goal was to design a cutting-edge Induction and Mentoring Programme for beginning teachers in the region.
This innovative programme aims to equip new teachers with essential knowledge and support during their probation period, ensuring they become effective, high-quality educators.
The positive outcomes from this endeavour have been astounding and have set the stage for a planned rollout of a comprehensive Teacher Training Programme in RMI later this year and with the other two countries to follow.
“This collaborative initiative reflects the shared commitment of multiple stakeholders to elevate the standard of education in the Pacific region,” said Deputy Head of School (Learning, Teaching and Quality) of the School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE), Dr Rosiana Lagi.
“Through PacREF, we are determined to nurture a brighter future for our students, empowering them with quality education and the skills they need to thrive.”
Dr Lagi continued that the success of beginning teachers lie in their induction into the education system’s policies, processes, and protocols from their training institutions, followed by practical implementation during their early employment, with continuous support and mentoring during their probation period.
“To achieve this, we require strong political will to establish and implement effective National Induction and Mentoring Policies, along with monitoring and evaluation mechanisms,” she added.
“Our collective efforts and partnerships are essential for fostering effective and quality teachers. As we continue to learn and work together, let us remember that no man is an island; through united efforts, we can elevate the status of education in our countries and the Pacific region.”
“With a focus on enhancing teacher quality, PacREF is set to create a profound impact throughout the Pacific. We are thrilled to see Fiji, Tuvalu, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands wholeheartedly committing to this programme, shaping a brighter future for education in our region,” said PacREF Coordinator, Mr Filipe Jitoko.
“As we embark on this transformative journey, we eagerly look forward to welcoming the rest of the PacREF member countries into this pioneering programme,” he added.