Education in the Pacific

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Event details

SSGM Event

Date & time

Tuesday 03 December 2019


Lecture Theatre 2 (HB2), Hedley Bull Building 130, corner of Garran Road adn Liversidge Street, ANU


Mr lati Bergmans, Mr Timoci Bure, Afamasaga Dr Karoline Fuata’i, Anna Gibert



In this panel senior public servants from the education departments of Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu will discuss some of the key education challenges facing their countries and the Pacific generally, while also describing recent innovations and future priorities.


Mr lati Bergmans is currently the Vanuatu Director General for the Ministry of Education and Training. He is an experienced administrator and has had experience in administrating schools in Vanuatu. He has a Master’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from the University of Paris, and is a PhD student in Anthropology at EHESS (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales) examining the cultural heritage in traditional societies in south Vanuatu.

Mr Timoci Bure is the current Deputy Secretary for Primary and Secondary for the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, Fiji, where he provides support and advice to the Permanent Secretary to ensure effective and efficient operations of the ministry at the school, district and divisional levels. A teacher by profession, Mr Bure has held various school leadership roles as Principal of three secondary schools, with extensive experience in providing professional advice to school administrators and teachers on ways to improve academic performance. Having taught at a number of schools with varying natures of economic, social and infrastructural challenges, Mr Bure provides professional advice to school leaders on how to cope and address such challenges.

Afamasaga Dr Karoline Fuata’i is currently on her second term as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, Samoa. Afamasaga is a teacher by profession, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the South Pacific, and later a Masters and PhD in Mathematics Education majoring in Computer Science and Curriculum Instruction from Cornell University in the United States. She previously served as an Associate Professor for Mathematics at the University of New England in Australia and a founding Professor for Mathematics Education at the National University of Samoa.

This session will be chaired by Anna Gibert.

Anna Gibert has been working for almost 15 years in the Pacific to support locally-driven reform and leadership, specifically in the education and skills sector. Anna was previously the Team Leader on the DFAT-funded Vanuatu Skills Partnership, widely recognised as a stand-out example of sector reform with transformative social and economic impact. She is now the Strategic Adviser to the Partnership’s ni-Vanuatu Executive. Drawing from the Vanuatu Skills Partnership model, Anna has designed other highly successful skills sector reform investments in Tonga and Sri Lanka, and is engaged as an Education and Skills expert on the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership, based on her track record in integrating climate change management within education and skills programs. Anna is also working with Pacific Island leaders in Vanuatu, Tonga and Solomon Islands to support the DFAT-funded Balance of Power initiative, a culturally-sensitive and politically-informed approach to building coalitions for inclusive leadership.

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