Browsing 05. Pan-Commonwealth Forum 5 (PCF5), 2008 by Subject "Education for All"
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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
PublicationGenerating Mass Movement for Creating Quality School Education for All( 2008) Takwale, Ram ; Deshmukh, Martand ; Sawant, Vivek ; Menon, Mohan ; Naidu, SomThis paper reports an initiative by a group of institutions and individuals who have worked together to develop school and teacher education programs on e-Platform developed by MKCL. Its goal has been to develop a new paradigm of education for large numbers with connectedness for offering Quality School Education for All, and for sustainable development of local situations, that is, classrooms, schools and local community by linking them to the global context. The two programs that are part of this initiative are an online B. e-Ed. and Virtual School and Learning Homes (VSLH). These two programs enable an experimental and exploratory way of learning and preparing teachers for exploratory learning using situated learning designs based on constructivist pedagogy. It also aims to develop a mass Olympiad movement to support multi-level, multi-stage nurturing and assessment of learning. Quality of education in teaching and learning is considered at three levels - content, processes and systems. A program of developing mechanisms, sharable and common wealth is undertaken to support quality in a distributed e-education system. A model of management for working, learning and developing together on an eplatform that offers a level playing field for all is being developed in order to address Indian problems of large numbers, disparities and divides. // Paper ID 566
PublicationOpen and Distance Learning as Key to Children and Young People in Conflict Regions in Achieving Social Justice( 2008) Keta, EuniceThe aim of this paper is to share experience on problems and challenges emerging in two major conflict districts in Kenya and learn from others through interaction in the forum. The experience shared has been derived mainly from the voices of the people in the conflict areas, close observation and familiarization with issues and dynamics generated as a consequence of post-conflicts which has impacted negatively on children and young people. // Paper ID 586