Announcement: New Category for 2019 OCIES Conference–Exhibition

OCIES FOE NUS Samoa 25th to 28th November Conference is proud to introduce a new category into our conference

We are happy to announce the inclusion of innovators, artists, musicians, poets, dancers and performers who wish to share their aspirations and hopes for our children and our future. We welcome demonstrations of ideas and concept papers through art (different forms), poetry, oratory, music, performance, as well as the use of technology and traditional media for expression of ideas.

Suggested format of delivery: Live demonstrations throughout the two-day conference, including performance.

Interested participants can check out the submission guidelines and submit their proposals at

Call for Proposals: 47th Annual Conference of the 2019 Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES)

The 2019 OCIES Conference will be hosted by the National University of Samoa in Apia from 25 to 28 November. The theme for the conference is Quality Education for Sustainable Future: North-South, South-South Comparative Dialogues. OCIES invites proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and poster presentations.

The deadline to submit abstracts is 30 September. Please click here to submit your abstract online.

Call for papers: Leadership Pacific Conference 2019

Storying Leadership for the Common Good

Leadership Pacific is proud to announce its inaugural international conference on Oceania/Pacific leadership, to be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 of October, 2019. The theme is “Storying Leadership for the Common Good” with three concurrent streams:

  • Learning from Yesterday
  • Forming our Today
  • Shaping our Tomorrow

The Leadership Pacific Conference is encouraging the Oceania/Pacific leadership community to share and harness their own leadership stories purposefully. In doing so, leaders will inspire and be inspired; they will enhance their personal and collective commitments, increasing their creativity to lead, they will enhance trust in and among their communities and help to develop leadership capabilities at all levels of communities in Oceania/Pacific. The conference will bring together a wide variety of leaders from the Oceania region, including villagers, urban dwellers, students, teachers, mentors, public servants, leadership researchers, public leaders, industry leaders, and more. All countries of the Oceania region are expected to be represented.


  • Deadline for Abstracts 30th July
  • Registration Closes 30th August
  • Leadership Pacific Conference 2 – 4 October
  • Deadline for Papers 13 December


  • National SBD $50 (Students – SI)
  • SBD $200 (All Other Peoples – SI)
  • Regional & International SBD $900


Abstract submission closes on July 30. You will receive a notification of your submission acceptance as and when this is processed but no later than August 15.


  • Dr. Jack Maebuta, SINU
  • Associate Prof. Kabini Sanga, VUW
  • Dr. Irene Paulsen, FFM
  • Dr. Franco Rodie, MEHRD


New Issue of International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives

International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives has just published its latest issue at We invite you to visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

You will notice that we have added some new sections to the journal for your interest. The first is a section where Keynote papers from the annual OCIES conference will be available to our wider international readership and,  in this edition, Associate Professor Joanna Kidman challenges us to think about what a Decolonising Methodology might look like.

In the spirit of our region, we have also included a section where invited
Elders from the OCIES region and also from other international and
comparative education societies across the globe can share their ideas and
work with us. These Elders have worked tirelessly over many years to help us maintain this strong and vibrant independent journal. 

Here we can listen to the wisdom they have gathered over these years and
also hear about their current projects. In this edition of the journal, we
hear from OCIES Co-President Dr Kabini Sanga and Dr Martyn Reynolds about the importance of tok stori. Dr Bob Teasdale and Jennie Teasdale share their work about education on a small island off the coast of South Australia.

May I express my deep appreciation to all our authors, reviewers and my
Editorial Team who have all worked together to bring you such an exciting
range of work! We are a volunteer-run, proudly independent, and truly
international journal. We may not yet hit the citation indexes but we offer
a supportive, progressive, and rigorous process of publication that will
support you to build your skills and confidence in getting your message out

Please enjoy! Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Professor Zane Ma Rhea

Senior Editor, International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives

Reminder: OCIES fellowship and network grant applications close this Friday 1st February

OCIES has long promoted important exchanges of ideas and work between educators, researchers and education policy actors. The purpose of the OCIES Fellowships and Networks Programme is to support this role by providing the institutional and financial support to OCIES members to extend and increase the frequency of these endeavours.

Grants of up to AUD $5000 are available to enable individual researchers and/or groups of researchers to undertake collaborations or networking initiatives between institutions and OCIES members, thereby deepening these exchanges and relationships.

The submission date for the next OCIES Fellowship and Networks Grant is 1st February 2019. For further information and to complete the online application form, visit:

Call for abstracts: UKFIET 2019 Conference

Inclusive Education Systems: futures, fallacies and finance

17 – 19 September 2019, Oxford

Submission Deadline: 18 March 2019

Increasing inequality, protracted conflict, accelerating climate change, financial uncertainty and rapid transformation of labour markets are all exerting considerable pressure on education systems.  And within national systems there is stark evidence of high levels of inefficiency and inequality; many children have limited experience of school, and for many more their experiences are not productive for them or their families. Changes at system level and beyond are critically needed to deliver better learning outcomes for all – children, youth and adults – including the most vulnerable and marginalised.

SDG 4.5 calls for countries to “eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations”.  How can systems be reformed to enable them to provide large scale solutions to providing quality, inclusive education and training for all?

The pressure is on to find new and innovative ways to strengthen and improve education for all.  There are calls for education and training systems to reorient towards delivering the skills required for future work and social life- often termed ‘21st Century Skills’. However, we live in a period of time where the future is increasingly unpredictable, and the careers that many of today’s children will have, do not yet exist. Meanwhile, the vast majority of national education systems have not moved on, and remain bound to measuring quality and learning through rigid, knowledge acquisition-based tests. How might we re-imagine what inclusive education and training systems of the future should look like?

Misconceptions around inclusive education, and the needs of vulnerable groups can lead to resistance to change and misdirection of funding. Fallacies regarding the effectiveness of interventions across contexts, the feasibility of reform and the prospects of achieving multiple goals can lead to ineffective programmes that drain resources. Identifying the common fallacies regarding the development of inclusive education systems, and how these be addressed is critical.

Reforming systems to meet the education and training needs of all requires additional investment and flexibility across the board: early childhood development, formal education, technical and vocational training, higher education and adult education. How can global and national finances be mobilised in effective ways to enable the necessary reforms to take place?

The conference will explore these ideas through a number of themes. For more details visit: