MESC Regional Collaboration

(Pacific Arc
hive of Digital Data for Learning and Education)

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PADDLE has been developed as part of the PRIDE Project (Pacific Regional Initiatives for the Delivery of basic Education). The PRIDE Project seeks to enhance student learning in fifteen Pacific countries by strengthening the capacity of each Ministry of Education to plan and deliver quality basic education. The Project is implemented by the Institute of Education at the University of the South Pacific and is jointly funded by the European Union and the New Zealand Agency for International Development.

PADDLE facilitates the sharing of best practice and experience amongst the fifteen Pacific countries of the Project. The focus of PADDLE is to provide access to all relevant education policy, planning and development material from the participating countries. Most of these documents have previously been unavailable in digital form.

PADDLE provides full text access to a comprehensive collection of Pacific education material. This includes publications from the participating Ministries of Education including strategic plans, education legislation, curriculum frameworks and school policies. It also contains national development plans, statistics and budget information for the fifteen Pacific countries.

PADDLE also includes material from international and regional organisations including UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth of Learning, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Future versions of PADDLE will provide an expanded range of documents in English, and other languages of the Pacific. Scholarly articles, published and unpublished reports produced by aid agencies, and, in due course, maps, photographs and video footage will be added. PADDLE is available online and in CD-ROM format.

PADDLE provides an e-mail service with updates of additions to PADDLE and the PRIDE Resource Centre, along with education news from the Pacific. To subscribe to the email service or to request a CD-ROM copy of PADDLE, write to