TVSD in Tuvalu

Tuvalu to date has very little ongoing technical or skills training for early school leavers or students who are not suited to academic streams, or for adults who need to develop new technical or trade skills, or build on existing skills. There is some private provision as detailed in the COL Tuvalu Country Study (Raturi … Read more

TVET OERs in Engine Maintenance

The Ministry of Education & Training in Vanuatu is spearheading the development of a new programme in small engine user maintenance to be accredited by the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority. With support from a COL consultant, subject experts in Luganville in Sanma Province, are adapting existing COL OER materials and developing additional video content needed for the Vanuatu country context to include the following small engines; grass cutter & lawn mower, outboard engines, chainsaw, small generator. The course is intended to be delivered in secondary school to students from Year 7 to Year 10 and once accredited by Vanuatu Qualifications Authority, these courses will be offered to adult learners in community education programs throughout Vanuatu. The aim is to produce competency-based materials which will enable youth and adult community members to gain a Certificate 1 in Automotive Servicing to gain employment.

TVET in Schools Coordinator, Emmanuel Aru Garaesivi, says that “Communication is a challenge as the writers are in Luganville in Santo and MOET is in Port Vila in Shefa Province, but we are working hard to make sure we finish the materials.”

Samoan Minister of Education launches PACFOLD

PACFOLD is hosted by The University of the South Pacific (USP) at its Laucala Campus. The University has provided PACFOLD with the first Director and office space while Commonwealth of Learning (COL) will provide funds for its activities, and an Advisory Board will provide overall governance of the new Centre. In launching the Centre, the … Read more

Pacific Chair of COL Board – Dr. Linda Sissons

Dr. Linda Sissons, CNZM, Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand’s Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), has been named Chair of COL’s Board of Governors. Dr. Sissons has worked in university and institutes of technology management roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She holds a PhD from London University, is a graduate of the … Read more

The SDGs: goals for the Pacific?

The Pacific as a region has broadly failed to achieve the MDGs : 10 of the 14 independent Pacific island states did not achieve a majority of the MDGs (excluding MDG 8, which is not focused on countries), and three failed to achieve any. But despite this there is a sense of optimism regarding the … Read more

Horticulture for the Pacific

Following a COL workshop on Flexible and Blended TVET in the Pacific in Fiji in 2014, Ateca Silotu from the Agriculture Department at the National University of Samoa has produced a new course called Introduction to Basic Horticulture in the Pacific. This course aims to develop a positive attitude towards farming in general, especially towards … Read more