A Multimodal Education Response to the Resilience Challenge in Tonga

Thumbnail Image
Links
Date
2022-09
Authors
Steen, Tangikina Moimoi
Katoanga, Tomote
Tauga, Matelita
Kaitapu, Soana
Ma'U, Taisia
Reid, Ian
Editor
Corporate Author
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Publisher
Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
Report/Paper Number
Abstract
PCF10 Sub-theme: Building Resilience // Tonga is a small island nation in the Pacific. While it has been COVID free, it is susceptible to many natural disasters, such as the recent Tsunami and earthquake. Resilience is a fundamental requirement of the Tongan education system which has been partially addressed with accelerated use of technology and open, distance, and online learning, broadening access to quality education. // Supported by a grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the Tonga Ministry of Education and Training (MET) partnered with Inclusiv Education, UNICEF, Save the Children Australia, and Kaltura. The MET took an evidence-based approach. Two National school closure days were trialled to evaluate the viability of multimodal teaching approaches during future school closures brought about by COVID19 or other emergencies. // In this way Tonga has now started to build a resilient education system, addressing issues of learning loss due to school closures and increasing equitable access to technology for teaching and learning. // This paper reports on the National level educational resilience project implemented in 2021, based on the research carried out in 2020, to deliver a comprehensive multimodal and flexible approach to education, encompassing print, radio, television and online delivery. // Key learnings and future plans are also discussed. // Paper ID 8738
Description
Subject
Building resilience, Multimodal education, Evidence, National, Teacher development, COVID, Pandemic, Disasters, Educational Technology
Country
Tonga
Region
Pacific
Series
Citation