Commonwealth of Learning supports the Community Education Training Centre’s distance learning initiative

Friday 19 August, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Community Education Training Centre (CETC) will be collaborating with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) on the development of its Community Development Studies programme for distance learning.


To begin implementation of this initiative, CETC and COL organised a Planning and Managing Distance Education Workshop from 15 to 19 August 2011 at the CETC campus in Narere, Suva.

Through this partnership, CETC wishes to address equity and access goals in the Pacific region by making its training programme more affordable and accessible through the use of distance education media and technology.


COL commended CETC for its initiative in distance learning and is pleased to support this programme. COL Education and Skills Development Specialist Alison Richardson said, ‘COL is pleased to provide assistance to CETC with capacity development, material development, course piloting, and monitoring and evaluation.’


She added, ‘We look forward to working with CETC on this very important programme and trust we will enjoy a strong and mutually beneficial partnership.’


The details of CETC’s training needs and other requirements were discussed and agreed on during the workshop. One of the agreed outcomes is a plan for developing and implementing CETC’s distance education programme.


The workshop was attended by CETC Head Dr Lia Maka, a team of professional CETC  staff and Mr Berton Joes, Curriculum Manager of the Vanuatu Rural Development and Training Centre Association, which has a partnership agreement on provision of training with CETC.  Staff from the SPC’s Regional Media Centre and SPBEA’s Pacific Qualifications Register Unit also participated in the training, as well as an external consultant who is working on translating CETC’s core courses into a distance education delivery format.


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