Conference Programme

The final conference programme is available here: OCIES Programme Document FINAL 3.pdf

Copies of power point presentations provided by Presenter’s are available for downloading below, listed in order of author’s last name:

Bagnall – Bridging Global Minds Global Identities Revisited

Bough&Kersten Grassroots Approach to Community Based Cultural Educ

Longhurst Student Learning in Oceania

McFall Rethinking Principles & Practices of Biliteracy

Meredith – Fanau Engagement Digital learning and home school partnership

Paulsen – Negotiating pathways…transitions of PI learners from post-compulsory secondary

Smith & Ritchie Responding to Climate Change in ECCE

SPC Panel – PILNA VEPAC – Exploring Role of National Coalitions in Post-2015 Educ Agenda

Spratt – Defying Definition Aid relationships in Solomon Islands

Steen & Nicholls – Ganma Meeting of the Cultures…

Steinbach – Curriculum Considerations in a context of Immigration

Symposium_Reshaping language policy in Vanuatu education

Tu’i – Wind in the Sails or Captain of the Va’a?

Veikune, Lau’i, Maneipuri, Romanu – Heilaki Lalanga – PLSLP

VEPAC – Exploring Role of National Coalitions in Post-2015 Educ Agenda

Welch Ir-regular Regionalism?

Yanhambath A Skills Development Model for Econ Growth

Ziguras – Mining and Education Preliminary Findings


 Keynote Speakers

KabiniKabini Sanga – What if “form” was the aid?  Opportunities for a new Oceania Education aid community.

Abstract: For Pacific Islands peoples, relationships are of enduring importance. Yet, in spite of decades of aid giving and aid receiving, relationships in Pacific aid communities have predominantly been indifferent. In an era of global challenges, a new Oceania Education aid community is called to journey together to the common good through relational covenanting, generosity and hospitality.

 Kabini Sanga, a Solomon Islander, is an educator with over three decades of leadership experience in multiple jurisdictions.  While he lives in Aotearoa New Zealand where he is an Associate Professor of Education at Victoria University of Wellington, Kabini is a clan leader of his Gula’alaa people of East Mala’ita, Solomon Islands.

Prior to joining Victoria University in 2000, Kabini was the Chief Executive Officer of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education, and has also held leadership positions in teacher education (Head of School), Ministry of Education (Director) and secondary schools (as Principal and Deputy Principal) in Solomon Islands. He received his schooling in Solomon Islands, his undergraduate education at University of the South Pacific and postgraduate degrees in Educational Administration in Canada.

Kabini’s research interests are in leadership, educational policy, international education, development education, governance of higher education and indigenous research. He is a mentor who is active in growing a new generation of Pacific leaders, and has been a consultant for Solomon Islands government and international aid agencies over a number of years.


Chris Fox 2015 photo Christine Fox – Who is my neighbour? Unleashing our postcolonial consciousness!

Abstract:  Strengthening educational relationships within Oceania and beyond is a significant theme for the first OCIES Conference held in the Pacific, in Vanuatu. We are indeed bound in one sense by our geographical positioning in the Pacific. Yet our neighbours could be anywhere in the world, in cyberspace, as well as physically next door, or a few kilometres across this ocean. Our imaginations are no longer bound by geographical determinist views (Hau’ofa 1993). We share a crucial postcolonial global space, and Southern (Pacific) regionalism is a case in point.

It is all too easy to be discouraged, yes outraged, by the continuing state of the socio-economic inequalities and the fragility of ‘the neighbourhood’ (our world) in a deteriorating environment. A more effective approach might be to look at the politics of indignation (Mayo 2012) at the state of affairs, and from there unleash our global postcolonial consciousness to effect change, acting with non-violence and empathy in an intercultural, ethical space (Ermine 2007).   Such social change is not measurable, but rather interpretive and empathic:   “The complexity of the human mind, of consciousness and of social interaction, is so great that ‘measurement’ [becomes] less relevant (Plotkin 2002:12).

Christine Fox, formerly at the University of Wollongong Faculty of Education (1991-2009), has researched, taught, published and undertaken international consultancies over a number of years, particularly in the Asia-Pacific area. Her consultancy and published academic work relate to teacher education and curriculum reform, comparative and international education, critical and postcolonial theory, intercultural and feminist perspectives, and qualitative and narrative methodologies. Over the years, each of these fields has become interwoven around the fabric of human rights and social justice.

Christine has an MA in education planning and development from the University of London’s Institute of Education and a PhD in Education from University of Sydney. Her PhD thesis involved fieldwork in conjunction with teachers and teacher educators in Samoa (and Fiji and Solomon Islands), thus forming a lifelong attachment to the Pacific Islands.

Christine was twice President of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES), Vice-President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), and is past Secretary-General of the WCCES (2005-2012). Since January 2014 Christine has been an active volunteer for Amnesty International Australia and is currently engaged in some preliminary research into education in Tanzania.


SeuulaSeu’ula Johansson-Fua – Navigating the ‘Ocean within us’ and around us: The continuing search for D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T 

Abstract: The ‘ocean within us’ connects us to nature and to the ocean that shapes our cultures, philosophies and values. The ‘ocean within us’ is increasingly surrounded by the ‘tidal wave of D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T’ that it brings with it development partners, consultants and researchers with an ever increasing number of education development agendas. The role of the Oceanic researcher is to define relevant research approaches, methodology, ethical protocols so that they may confidently translate, contextualise and make sense of the ‘ocean within us’ – our cultures and trusted processes – and the ocean around us – the global agendas for education development. The relationship between indigenous researchers and other researchers is a critical space for creating and affirming an emerging Oceanic paradigm. The Oceanic paradigm envisioned by Hau’ofa, invites us to take strength from the many rivers and lagoons of Oceania so that we may find our development and once again like our forefathers, ‘bend the wind’.

Seu’ula Johansson Fua is the Director of the Institute of Education, at the University of the South Pacific. She is mother to two children and the wife of a school principal. Seu’ula and her family live a semi-subsistence life style on a small farm in Tonga. Her daughter, Kaufo’ou, describes Seu’ula as her hero, a role Seu’ula takes very seriously.

Following her schooling in Tonga, Seu’ula continued her education in New Zealand where she received her undergraduate degrees. She was a Commonwealth scholar and received an M.A and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the Ontario Institute of Education at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include educational leadership, management, organizational systems and structures, policy analysis and strategic planning

Seu’ula has undertaken research and training in Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, Palau and Fiji. She was bestowed Kaumatua title from the House of Ariki in recognition of her work with Cook Islands school leaders. One of her proudest works was the Sustainable Livelihood and Education studies conducted with Tongan and Nauruan teachers, with findings that were translated into curriculum materials and used by teachers.