24 January 2022 0 This year’s International Day of Education provides a platform for the Pacific to make visible the critical work it has undertaken and accomplished in providing quality education to its learners using innovative and transformative technology and technics, with the support of Pacific governments, donors and development partners. The theme for this year’s education day is Changing Course, Transforming Education. EQAP is highlighting its member’s resilient approaches in establishing new forms of teaching and learning due to the high prevalence of COVID-19 cases in some Pacific island countries, in-line with the theme of this international day. In the video messages below, listen to SPC Deputy Director General Dr Paula Vivili highlight the critical work in strengthening the quality of education currently underway in the region and the new modalities used to accomplish goals set by Pacific governments. Also listen to EQAP Director Dr Michelle Belisle summarise the efforts and achievements of PICs in delivering quality education despite combating the impacts of the pandemic in 2021. She also provides a snapshot of education-related activities that can be expected in 2022. Video Messages Social Media Highlights 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Campaign Video Interviews Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting NEQMAP Annual Meeting - Seci Waqabaca NEQMAP Annual Meeting - Mere Vadei BACKGROUND This year marks the fourth year of observing the International Day for Education, which the UN General Assembly adopted in a resolution on 3 December 2018. It proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education as means to make more visible education’s role in peace making and development. Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights highlights the right to education for all and calls for free and compulsory elementary education. In addition, education was recognised as a necessity for the success of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme for this year’s education day is fitting for the Pacific as the region has adapted to new forms of teaching and learning due to the high prevalence of COVID-19 cases in some countries. These new ways of teaching and learning are supported by the Pacific Community’s Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) that works with education systems of 15 Pacific island countries to provide the region’s learners with quality education that helps achieve the learner’s full potential and promotes lifelong learning. EQAP’s work is supported by Australia and New Zealand and other development partners with the aim to improve education quality as part of the regional education architecture. This regionalism approach supports in making education quality a higher policy and political priority in the Pacific. Therefore, this year’s education day provides a platform for the Pacific to make visible the critical work it has undertaken and accomplished in providing quality education to its learners using innovative and transformative technology and technics, with the support of Pacific governments, donors and development partners.