| || || Ram, Rajnesh Ashis.|
| || || The long arm of globalisation : foreign aid impact on the curriculum and management of a semi-rural secondary school in Fiji|
Author:Ram, Rajnesh Ashis.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: pac In Process
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Abstract: This qualitative, phenomenological study looks at the impacts of foreign aid on the educational process in Fiji secondary schools. The study focuses on a semi-rural secondary schoon in the eastern part of Viti Levu in Fiji Islands, where views of multiple educational stakeholders were sought on how foreign aid as a manifestation of globalisation affects the curriculum and school management, were obtained. The study employs interviews and talanoa sessions. The findings of the study suggest that foreign aid and aid donors such as the European Union (EU) and Australian Aid for International Development (AusAID) have far reaching impacts on the Fiji education sector. Currently there are several on-going aid projects in the Fiji education sector which aim to reform various sections of the Fiji education sector. The curriculum and the management processes in Fiji schools are undergoing various phases of reforms under aid projects, which mostly involve consultants from donor countries. The study established that although aid has become an essential component of educational reforms in Fiji, it tends to limit the sense of ownership of the educational process by local people. Most aid projects do not involve extensive consultations with all local stakeholders which limit the prospects of sustainability of such projects. Better plans need to be devised in order to better prepare Fiji people to face the challenges of foreign aid in the future.