Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction) in the Pacific: Opportunities and Challenges in Climate Change Education

  • Helene Jacot Des CombesEmail author
  • Amelia Siga
  • Leigh-Anne Buliruarua
  • Titilia Rabuatoka
  • Nixon Kua
  • Peni Hausia Havea
Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)


Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Pacific led to a high number of informal capacity building workshops where community members were trained on different aspects of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. However, as there were no assessments at the end of the workshops, participants could not build on these certificates to continue to develop their capacities. The European Union Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EU-PacTVET) project partnered with Fiji Higher Education Commission to develop a process to recognize prior learning acquired during informal workshops. The project focused on how to assess the acquired skills and credit the learners to then complete a resilience qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) creates opportunities for people who acquired skills during informal workshops or through their personal experience and provides them with credits for a qualification. As a result, it increases their employability, assists in the diversification of their source of income and supports the professionalization of the resilience sector in the Pacific. One major challenge for RPL is the need to build the trust of practitioners and potential employers for the process. Another challenge is to develop fair and robust assessment practices for resilience which is a broad, cross-cutting sector, where skills cannot be directly demonstrated during an assessment session.


Technical and vocational training Recognition of prior learning Pacific Islands Climate change Resilience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helene Jacot Des Combes
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Amelia Siga
    • 3
  • Leigh-Anne Buliruarua
    • 1
  • Titilia Rabuatoka
    • 3
  • Nixon Kua
    • 3
  • Peni Hausia Havea
    • 1
  1. 1.PaCE-SDUSPSuvaFiji
  2. 2.National Disaster Management OfficeMajuroRepublic of the Marshall Islands
  3. 3.SPCSuvaFiji

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