Climate change implications in Fiji and the need to redevelop educational policies in Fiji Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment

Authors

  • Atelini Bai The University of Fiji
  • Manpreet Kaur The University of Fiji
  • Rigieta Lord College of the Marshall Islands

Keywords:

Climate Change, Fiji curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment, Educational Policies.

Abstract

Climate change continues to aggravate Fiji in the wake of Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston. TC Winston, a category 5 cyclone ravaged the Northern and Western parts of Viti Levu in February 2016, causing massive damages to schools leading to the closure of severely affected ones and the relocation of distressed students all over Viti Levu. The effect of Winston is still felt as some parts of these affected districts continue to survive without basic survival necessities with children learning in makeshift tents. This natural disaster is a powerful reminder on how climate change continues to exert its force in our lives and the role it wields when Fiji is trying to build its Knowledge based society. This research intends to excavate further into the need to relook and redevelop the Fiji Curriculum suitable for Knowledge Based Society in the wake of this natural disaster. The purpose of this research is to identify how the Fiji Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment can be modified to suit students affected in the wake of a natural disaster caused by climate change.

Author Biographies

Atelini Bai, The University of Fiji

Atelini Bai, is Atelini Vesikula-Bai is a Lecturer in Education at The University of Fiji, Saweni Campus, Lautoka, Fiji Islands. She has been in academia for six years now. She has published various papers in Peer-reviewed Journals. She has attended and presented papers in various conferences organised locally and from those aboard. Currently, she is pursuing Doctor of Education from The University of Fiji. Email: atelinib@unifiji.ac.fj

Manpreet Kaur, The University of Fiji

Manpreet Kaur is a Lecturer in English Literature at The University of Fiji, Saweni Campus, Lautoka, Fiji Islands. She has been in academia for six years now. She has published some 16 scholarly papers in Peer-reviewed Journals. She has attended and presented papers in both local and international conferences on the themes of Climate Change, Diaspora Studies, Education and Linguistics. Manpreet is a poet as well and has an anthology of poems to her credit, that being her first book titled: Echoes of my Footprint. Currently, she is pursuing PhD in English Literature from The University of Fiji. Email: manpreetk@unifiji.ac.fj

Rigieta Lord, College of the Marshall Islands

Rigieta Lord is the Dean of Adult and Continuing Education, at the College of the Marshall Islands. Email: rigilord@yahoo.com.au; rlord@cmi.edu

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Published

2021-02-25

How to Cite

Bai, A. ., Kaur, M. ., & Lord, R. . (2021). Climate change implications in Fiji and the need to redevelop educational policies in Fiji Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. Staff and Educational Development International, 23(2), 91-100. Retrieved from http://journal.netsed.net/index.php/sedi/article/view/74