Browsing 05. Pan-Commonwealth Forum 5 (PCF5), 2008 by Subject "Curriculum Planning"
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PublicationErasing the Margins: A Case Study of Alternative Opportunities to Schools in Vanuatu( 2008) Kanas, JaneThe University of the South Pacific (USP) serves a unique region of the Commonwealth. It is a major provider of tertiary education to its twelve member countries of which each have their own individual educational curricula. These systems of education have always supported the development of academia amongst the islanders and have no doubt been the foundation of many of the region’s qualified scholars. Despite the success of these national curricula, it cannot be denied that most of these do not cater for the majority of their individual population. Many systems require a filtering of its students through various examinations at different levels of the formal educational lifetime. This has resulted in a high level of young push-outs who are almost always those from the rural areas where any further access to any form of education is a rarity. Reasons for their lack of accomplishment are numerous. It is now obvious that national curricula is not providing for the majority of its population. It is thus important that attention is brought to this situation and that some form of interference is applied. The Emalus Campus of USP, Vanuatu, caters not only for its regional students, but also for its national push-outs who hunger for another attempt at formal education. This campus has initiated the use of materials from the USP’s continuing education and foundation level in government schools and these have proven to be the better option especially for marginalized schools. It has also provided for its multilingual situation in trying to provide opportunities for all levels of peoples in the community. This paper will present the Emalus Campus situation as a case study. // Paper ID 409
PublicationRevitalizing School Curriculum through Innovative Technologies A Pragmatic Approach( 2008) Indrakanti, VerlaxmiPCF5 Theme: Children & Youth // It is a known fact that School education lays foundation blocks for a society that provides directions, structure and dimensions. The role of school in society today has gained primacy as it is directly linked to the process of social change with a greater emphasis on global economy and human development. The expectations are to have pragmatic and innovative techniques by the foundation builders with assumption that the role of centers will be for preparing knowledge and developing work skills to copeup with the challenges of the present millennium. That is why UN council while framing the MDGs in Dakar Convention gave greater emphasis on Education for all (EFA). The Dakar and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). // The conservative techniques of education need to be substituted by purposeful innovative new models of learning so as to ensure that children and young people grow into talented citizens shouldering responsibilities in various spheres of life. With a view to achieve this cherished goal, teaching and assessment should go hand in hand to ascertain the accurate evaluation of the effect of teaching and learning process. The present paper is aimed at highlighting to discuss the issues and concerns related to traditional school curriculum and newer pedagogical approach. // PID 630