Updated: Jun 14, 2021
A new Australian initiative is helping Pacific Island countries improve capacity in remote education as a result of COVID-19 disruptions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of education systems worldwide. To build resilient education systems that can rapidly respond to periods of lockdown and school closures, effective and robust remote education approaches that enable educational continuity are desperately needed.
A series of workshops on climate change is set to build the capacity of teachers and teacher trainers in remote education in Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Samoa. While the impact of COVID-19 has been limited in the Pacific, there is a constant threat of sudden school closures due to the risk of natural disasters which plague the region – as seen recently in Fiji.
Over four months, participants will take part in the Climate Connection Series, train-the-trainer workshops facilitated by the ANU Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS). Through Science Circus Pacific, CPAS has been running successful science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education programs across the Pacific for over two years, building on decades of experience working with partners in developing contexts. As a result of COVID-19, all of its activities are now delivered remotely, presenting an opportunity to create a range of approaches to enable learning continuity and promote student engagement during periods of educational disruption.