Regional education strategy
In 2018, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat's Education Ministers adopted the Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF) 2018-2030: Moving Towards Education 2030.
PacREF outlines a transformative and sustainable regional education agenda aligned with global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4, and Education 2030: Incheon Declaration on Education for All Framework for Action.
The 12-year framework promotes equitable access to high quality education by all Pacific Islanders with a view to enable their countries to effectively deal with the development challenges facing the Pacific region.
The framework encourages inclusivity and opportunities for equal access to informal, primary, secondary and tertiary education and training. It focuses on education quality and the importance of working cooperatively in the region and beyond.
While Pacific countries integrate what they consider relevant parts of the PacREF into their national education policies, programs and practices, the framework also acts a tool to identify and understand similarities and differences across the region. It offers organizing mechanisms for sector planning, reporting and collaboration, and gives development partners an understanding of where the region's resourcing priorities lie.
The PacREF has four key policy areas to maximize gains in student learning outcomes and wellbeing:
- Quality and relevance: Provide all learners with a safe and supportive environment, within which they are offered high quality learning opportunities that are meaningful, valuable, inclusive and future-focused.
- Learning pathway: Provide all learners equal access to multiple and seamless pathways and modalities of learning that will allow them to meet their full potential.
- Student outcomes and wellbeing: Make sure all learners acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attributes to enable them to contribute to their families, communities and to nation building.
- The teaching profession: Support and empower teachers through opportunities for continuous development, shared understanding and accountability.
The PacREF is divided into three 4-year phases to facilitate in-depth program review by the education ministers.
Regional implementation grant
Six countries (Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu) have decided to combine their GPE grant allocation into a regional grant totalling $14.9 million. The grant supports the implementation of the PacREF Program, together with New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the PacREF implementing agencies and other development partners. The GPE grant covers 85% of the total costs of the PacREF Program which supports all 15 Pacific countries.
PacREF implementing agencies, namely SPC (Pacific Community), USP (University of the South Pacific), UNESCO, UNICEF and APTC (Australia Pacific Training Coalition), provide technical support for the development and implementation of these tools and services, while countries are expected to make the best use of them to improve their national education systems, as well as enhance Pacific regionalism.
|Country||Grant type||Years||Amount||Grant agent|
|Sector plan development||2019||$499,768||UNICEF|
|Sector plan development||2015||$200,000||UNICEF|
|Sector plan development||2018||$225,237||ADB|
|Sector plan development||2016||$138,441||ADB|
|Federated States of Micronesia||Program implementation||2021||$2,500,000||UNICEF|
|Sector plan development||2018||$235,695||ADB|
|Sector plan development||2015||$180,965||ADB||Papua New Guinea||COVID-19||2020||$9,440,000||UNICEF|
|Program implementation and Multiplier||2019||$11,020,000||Save the Children UK|
|Program development||2018||$127,770||Save the Children UK|
|Program implementation||2011||$19,200,000||World Bank|
|Sector plan development||2020||$358,374||UNICEF|
|Tonga||Accelerated funding||2022||$300,000||Save the Children Australia|
|System capacity||2022||$700,000||Save the Children Australia|
|COVID-19||2020||$749,982||Save the Children Australia|
|Vanuatu||Program implementation and Multiplier||2021||$3,000,204||Save the Children Australia|
|COVID-19||2020||$750,000||Save the Children UK|
|Accelerated funding||2020||$499,796||Save the Children UK|
|Program development||2020||$174,816||Save the Children UK|
|Sector plan development||2017||$455,690||UNICEF|
For additional information, please contact GPE Secretariat's country team lead for the Pacific region: Daisuke Kanazawa