Pacific E-learning Programme
Improving science education for high school students in the Pacific
Improve science outcomes for high school students in the Pacific.
Science content delivered to over 100 teachers across four Pacific countries via a custom e-learning platform, supported by PLD for teachers and regional ICT infrastructure.
Co-design 100 practical science lessons with local and regional experts.
Increased student engagement with science lessons, and increased teacher confidence teaching science.
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The Pacific e-learning Programme (PeP) is designed to support the national and regional education priorities of Cook Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
It promotes innovative approaches for high school teachers to help increase young people's use of scientific knowledge with a local context. The programme is designed to help improve the science learning for Year 10 students in all four countries. Specifically it is targeted at non-specialist teachers who are currently teaching science, some of whom have limited access to teaching and learning resources designed with a local context.
At Nanogirl Labs we specialise in creating relevant science content that aligns with the curriculum, and is also fun and accessible!
We co-created 100 science lessons in collaboration with science teachers and experts from across the Pacific region. These “Science Fellows” bring their experience of teaching and working in scientific industries, and ensure that each lesson respects indigenous knowledge and culture.
Our science content is delivered to the teachers along with embedded Professional Development resources from Wintec. The content is hosted on a custom e-learning platform developed by Catalpa, and is supported by regional ICT infrastructure and a free mobile device program for all participating teachers.
“Students' assessments results and grades have really improved compared to last year. Last year many students got E and D grade whereas this year with the use of PeP e-content, only 3 needed a nudge whereas the rest have passed.” —Year 10 Science Teacher, Vanuatu
“The app has helped with simplifying the notes as compared to the yr 10 textbooks. The content is easy to understand and it has helped speed up the delivery of lessons for students.” —Year 10 Science Teacher, Vanuatu
The program is currently being used by over 100 teachers, reaching over 3000 students across the Pacific region.
Teachers report that using the PeP lesson content increases their students’ confidence in and engagement with science, and has raised their science outcomes. Teachers also reported that their own confidence and ability to teach science has increased since using the PeP content.
The program is currently active in Samoa, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.