The 2018 Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference (VPEC) will bring in students from around the region to the University of the South Pacific next month.
With the theme ‘It takes an island and an ocean: Re-thinking Pacific Education for resilient, healthy communities’ the event will see key note speakers such as associate professor Eve Coxon and professor Unaisi Nabobo- Baba speak on educational motivational dialogues. Vaka Pasifiki brings together both literal and richly metaphorical meanings that have a number of Pacific languages.
Vaka or ‘waka’ meaning transport, in the days of sailing and canoeing and Pasifiki- the Pacific people, the ocean people.
Three-Hundred participants will gather as registered participants inclusive of national, regional and international educators with 115 abstracts to be presented. It is an educational movement bringing Pacific Islanders together.
The gold sponsors of the event are Tanoa Hotel Group and the Educational Quality & Assessment Programme (EQAP) of the Pacific Community (SPC).
The event is from July 5 to 6.