The first Education Ministers meeting was held in 2001 where the Forum Basic Education Action Plan (FBEAP) was adopted. At that meeting, Ministers requested that they be kept abreast of the implementation of the FBEAP and subsequent meetings have been held in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. At each meeting the FBEAP is reviewed and added to.
The main vehicle for implementing the FBEAP is the PRIDE project, which is implemented by the University of the South Pacific. Click here to visit the PRIDE website
Forum Education Ministers met in Tonga from 24-26 March and endorsed the Pacific Education Development Framework (PEDF) 2009-2015. This is a revised, updated and consolidated document that will replace the Forum Basic Education Action Plan (FBEAP) that had been in place since 2001.
The PEDF was developed after a comprehensive consultation process with all Forum Island Countries and it provides a broad platform for cooperation from a range of partners. Significantly, after much debate, Ministers decided to eliminate the word basic from the vision, which now reads: Quality education for all in Pacific Island countries. This broadens the potential scope of this key regional strategy document.