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Sustainability Insight #3: Building Capacity Challenges in Small island Developing States

UNESCO Jakarta organized the third interview session of the “Sustainability Insight in 30 minutes” on 6 July 2020 from 11:00 to 11:30 (GMT+7). Ms. Salote Likusolo Rokotogalevu, Coordinator Early Childhood Education & Care Programmes from the University of South Pacific, Fiji was invited in this session. She has been involved in the implementation of the Malaysia- UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP) on ECCE Teacher Development in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States.

Moderated by Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Office in Jakarta and Regional Bureau for Science, in this session, Ms. Salote shared the experience in customizing the ECCE framework developed from the MUCP programme to suit the needs of the ECCE curriculum in Fiji. Ms. Salote also highlighted the significance of ECCE and how Fiji embraces ECCE to create leaps in progress of education. She also elaborated the challenges and culture of the Pacific Islands.

Concerning COVID-19, Ms. Salote shared how the crisis has transformed the educational ecosystem, with the virtual learning environment beginning to take the place of conventional classes. As a final note, Ms. Salote stressed on how international cooperation help the students in Fiji become more familiar with more countries of the world.

The recorded video is available at our Facebook page.

The developed materials from the ECCE Teacher Development in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States are available here: