At the recent University of the South Pacific and World Bank seminar titled ‘Towards Inclusive Economic Recovery in the Pacific’, PCRIC positioned its question on an often missing key ingredient towards recovery and resilience, namely education.
The session set the platform for the exchanging of dialogue and innovative ideas to pave the way for nations to get back on track post-COVID. In response to the discussion presented by the panelists, PCRIC’s CEO Mr. Aholotu Palu shared that education was a key factor to a comprehensive path forward for a resilient Pacific.
“We have to start the conversation in terms of changing the mindset through an educational system that strengthens our preparedness financially and non-financially in order to protect our citizens from disasters. This can be accomplished by recognizing the challenges and effectively translating them into opportune conversations for policy consideration, formulation and implementation.”
Mr. Palu went further and encouraged a more ‘evolved’ ideology. He continued, “I encourage all of us here to work together collaboratively through education in endeavoring to change that victim mentality to that of a victor, aiming to enhance our peoples’ ability to protect themselves from the dire consequences of any disasters.”
The seminar was the first in a planned series and the PCRIC team look forward to joining in on more talks that contribute to shaping a progressive region.