Improving the Quality of Teachers

Secondary School in Tuvalu (c) UNESCO Apia

One of the most effective ways of achieving a better quality of education for all is through improving the quality of teachers. UNESCO is meeting this challenge through the development and implementation of teacher training workshops in the Pacific region, designed to increase teacher competency and teaching effectiveness.

The workshops, developed collaboratively by UNESCO, Secretariat of the Pacific Board for Educational Assessment (SPBEA) and UNICEF, cover many aspects of teacher education and professional development programmes. A key feature of the 14 teacher training modules developed is the ability to adapt each one to specifically meet the needs of each country.

Eight countries (FSM, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, RMI, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) have participated in the programme for the last five years and more than 300 teachers and teacher trainers in the Pacific have benefitted from the workshops and it is expected that they in turn will have a positive impact on student achievement.

In conjunction with these training modules, work has been done towards developing regional professional standards for teachers and principals for effective teaching.



Professional standards for school principals on trial in Vanuatu


Competency Frameworks for teachers and principals in Fiji

In-service Teacher Workshops at the National University of Samoa


Kiribati: Trial of TSS-PA data analysis software


In-service Teacher Training in Yap State, FSM


Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) project in five PICs

Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) project in Papua New Guinea


Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA) programme in Tuvalu (9-16 May 2013)

Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA) programme in five PICs


Professional standards for school principals in the Pacific 


World Teachers’ Day (5 October 2012)

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