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Education

Pacific Education Development Framework

Forum Education Ministers met in Tonga from 24-26 March 2009 and endorsed the Pacific Education Development Framework (PEDF) 2009-2015. The PEDF has replaced the Forum Basic Education Action Plan (FBEAP) that had been in place since 2001.

The PEDF was developed after a comprehensive consultation process with all Forum Island Countries and it provides a broad platform for cooperation from a range of partners. Significantly, after much debate, Ministers decided to eliminate the word ‘basic’ from the vision, which now reads: Quality education for all in Pacific Island countries. This broadens the potential scope of this key regional strategy document to cover all education subsectors from early childhood to adult education but does not include higher education.

History of Forum Education Ministers Meetings (FEdMM) and the regional education plans

The first Education Ministers meeting was held in 2001 where the Forum Basic Education Action Plan (FBEAP) was adopted. The main vehicle for implementing the FBEAP was the Pacific Regional Initiative for the Development of basic Education (PRIDE) project, which was implemented by the University of the South Pacific. The report of the PRIDED Project became a standing agenda for FEdMM until 2010. Click here to visit the PRIDE website
The FBEAP went through a substantive review in 2008 and the review report presented at the 2009 FEdMM. It was at the same meeting in 2009 that ministers agreed to have a new regional education framework now known as the PEDF.


Regional Skills Development Study

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is an important component of any country’s education strategy. Matching the demand for skills with the supply of those skills is vital to private sector development and economic growth.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (Forum Secretariat) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) collaborated in 2007/2008 to determine what skills are in demand across all 13 ADB Pacific Developing Member Countries that are also Forum members. These two organisations entered a Technical Assistant (TA) Agreement to implement a Regional Skills Development Study. Funding was provided through the ADB on a grant basis by the Japan Special Fund. The Forum Secretariat managed the Study and was guided by a Steering Committee consisting of regional education stakeholders.
Click here to view/download "Skilling the Pacific", the final report of the Regional Skills Development Study


Pacific Heads of Education Systems (PHES)

The Pacific Heads of Education Systems (PHES) at the 2009 FEdMM, presented a paper to ministers requesting for their forum to become part of the FEdMM architecture. Ministers in their decision endorsed the proposal for PHES to discuss their agenda as developed by PIFS and to ensure the quality of presentations and papers that come before ministers. This process has been followed since the 2010 FEdMM and has become an effective mechanism to ensure ministers are well briefed with their agenda and papers and better prepared for the discussions. 

In attendance were government officials from Australia, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The Pacific Disability Forum, United Nations Economic, Scientific, Social and Cultural organisation (UNESCO), University of the South Pacific USP and an Officer from AusAID were also in attendance. The meeting was opened by Mr. Feleti Teo, Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and closed by the UNICEF Resident representative, Mr. Isiye Ndombi.

 

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