Four senior officers from the Vanuatu Ministry of Education joined other Pacific member countries in a five-day sub-regional workshop in August to examine the role and importance of education data to inform decision-making in Pacific Island education systems.
Supported by the Australian Government in collaboration with the University of Alberta, participants came from Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tuvalu. In Vanuatu, the Australian government supports the Ministry of Education and Training to improve the quality of, and access to, education in Vanuatu.
The workshop has been conducted as an opportunity for SPC to dialogue with national experts and following the workshop participants along with SPC EQAP staff will undertake interviews with some of their senior policy makers and decision makers in their government ministries. In particular, the exercise aims to depict the challenges (political, technical, capacity or cultural barriers) to effective use of data to improve practice and any incentives and motivations around data use for the countries participating in the study. The findings from these interviews then will feed into formulating a set of key indicators of data use which may be used by countries to inform further action and share best practices within the region.