Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF)

The Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF) is a ground-breaking regional initiative designed to support Pacific developing member countries address their ongoing challenges to improving the quality of education; 15 Pacific Island countries are participating in the PacREF programme. Improving education quality in the 15 participating countries will be achieved through enhanced regionalism and mutually beneficial partnerships with regional and international institutions that focus on the education priorities agreed to by the member countries.

By fostering regional collaboration, the framework allows member countries to pool their resources, expertise, and experiences to tackle common educational challenges and other emerging issues brought about by climate change and globalization. This approach helps to overcome capacity constraints and promote the sharing of best practices and learning from each other, ultimately leading to enhanced education outcomes for all.

As the host of the PacREF Facilitating Unit, The University of the South Pacific demonstrates its commitment to the framework’s objectives. As the sole regional university in the Pacific, USP is happy to support this regional initiative by Pacific Education Ministers, illustrating our dedication to improving education quality in the Pacific at all levels. The University acknowledges the significance of collaboration and partnerships in achieving the education goal of the sustainable development goals (SDG4) and is actively engaged in facilitating the implementation of the PacREF programme.

The implementing agencies for PacREF are the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), The University of the South Pacific (USP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) is a regional partner to the PacREF.

Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) fund the programme.

You can access more information about PacREF here

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