In continuation of the workshops with the ministry officials in May and June 2022, the second part of the workshop on policy and planning for open and distance learning began on October 12, 2022. The purpose of the workshop was to consolidate what had been discussed in the first round of workshops, get participants to appreciate key components of an ODFL policy, and explain why it is important to have such a policy. Ministry officials from Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu participated.
During the workshop, two ministry officials – Mr Dhiraj Bhartu, Manager E-Learning, Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, Fiji and Dr Janet Modez, Deputy Principal Curriculum, Department of Education, Papua New Guinea – were invited to share their open and distance education experiences in own country including policy, financing, successes and challenges.
The next workshop is scheduled on October 26, with the topic of quality assuring ODFL.