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Delegates Strive To Develop Better Education Systems

Delegations for the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) have one main objective in mind: That is to work together to develop better education systems in their countries. The
19 Feb 2018 12:00
Delegates Strive To Develop Better Education Systems
Arriving for the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers were the Seychelles delegation. From left: Principal Secretary for Early Chidhood, primary and secondary education, Odile De Comarmond, Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Joel Morgan, Director General for Schools Odile Octave and Shane Emilie at the Nadi International Airport on February 18, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Delegations for the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) have one main objective in mind: That is to work together to develop better education systems in their countries.

The Fijian Government is hosting the 20th Session of the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Meeting (CCEM) beginning in Denarau today.

The Seychelles Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Joel Morgan was among the many delegations that arrived into the country yesterday.

The minister said the conference was very important because members from the 52 countries could exchange ideas of collaboration to improve the education systems in their respective nations.

He said: “It’s a very opportune time to meet with other Commonwealth ministers and take stock of where, we are with our education system and what we need to improve for the future.

“On skill development that is an important area basically building a knowledge based economy on what we call  the CPA approach.

“This is an approach that focuses on an assessment approach and a teaching process based on different acquisition of skills thoughout the learning cycle for the students.”

Rosie Holidays representative Ateca Naqiolevu and Commonwealth  Association of Museums secretary-general Catherine Cole in Nadi.  Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Rosie Holidays representative Ateca Naqiolevu and Commonwealth Association of Museums secretary-general Catherine Cole in Nadi.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji an important member of the Commonwealth

Commonwealth of Learning (COL) president/CEO professor Asha Kanwar said, “Fiji is a very important member of the Commonwealth as host. We will see the Who’s Who of education from around the world.

“The theme of the 20th meeting is, ‘Sustainability and Resilience: Can Education Deliver?’ is of great relevance today in our complex and uncertain work, but especially so for the small states.”

She said recognising the Commonwealth as a diverse and geographically dispersed community, Commonwealth of Learning has established a regional centre to support capacity building in the field.

“COL has been making special efforts to deepen its work in your countries and this targeted approach is beginning to deliver results,” added Professor Kanwar

“As a Commonwealth organisation, it is part of our mission to promote Commonwealth- wide cooperation.

“The Commonwealth is often referred to as a family of nations that works through consensus, respect and understanding.

“This meeting reminds us of our shared values and our common identity as citizens of the Commonwealth.”

COL will use its presence to convene its Pacific Focal Points which are very important events in the life of COL.

“One of these is a roundtable on Open educational resources which we had organised with USP,” she said.

“Fiji and USP have taken a leadership role by developing national and institutional polices on OER, an experience that can be shared with other Commonwealth countries and institutions.”

Commonwealth Association of Museums secretary-general Catherin Cole said museum education was also part of building resilience.

“Our messages to the ministers of education here is that the museum institution is very important where students come and learn more about their tradition and culture and the values that connects with traditions in terms of building resilience,” she said.

Last week in Suva they hosted people from 12 countries at a workshop.

Edited by Percy Kean

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