International Development in Oceania Committee (IDOC)

The International Development in Oceania Committee (IDOC) is a Standing Committee of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and has a long history of collaboration and cooperation with and between the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) and the New Zealand Literacy Association (NZLA).

The logo of IDOC depicts a wave motif from both Oceania and New Zealand beside the star motif from an Australian legend of the Southern Cross.

This collaboration has always been in the interest of building capacity and capabilities of key literacy workers in the South Pacific Islands. In more recent times, a focus has also been on how these two ILA affiliates can identify and work on areas of mutual interest and need.

IDOC’s aims are to: facilitate the promotion of ILA membership and council development in the Oceania region; identify and/or support professional development projects in the region, and; assist with proposal development for ILA and other grants.

ALEA has representation on IDOC and supports its aims and objectives. The current ALEA representative is Grant Webb, ALEA’s National President. Another ALEA member, Beryl Exley, is the Chair of IDOC.

In collaboration with IDOC, ALEA coordinates the Nea Stewart- Dore scholarship. Nea Stewart Dore was a long standing ALEA member who contributed to the Association in a number of ways. In memory of Nea’s steadfast commitment to ALEA and IDOC, the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association National Council embarks on an annual fund raising campaign to provide two scholarships to Oceania teachers to attend the annual ALEA National Conference These scholarships fund return economy airfares from Oceania to Australia, travel insurance and conference registration. ALEA members from the hosting local council are asked to volunteer to provide a home stay arrangement for the two scholarship holders. As these teachers are often travelling outside of their comfort zone, the preference is for both teachers to be housed at the same homestay.

ALEA Local Councils who wish to achieve Honour Council status are required to undertake a number of activities related to National and Worldwide Literacy and Financial Support for Developing Countries. In particular, they are required to:

  • Contribute to worldwide literacy effort by providing materials, funds to purchase school supplies, or assist with costs related to the professional growth of teachers in either a disadvantages community in Australia or in an economically developing country.
  • Sponsor an ALEA conference registration for someone in an economically developing country or Contribute at least $500 to the Nea Stewart Dore fund to support conference participation by educators in a Pacific Island nation.

Support for the work of IDOC would support a Local Council’s application for Honour Council status.

Other projects of IDOC include:

  • Facilitating Teacher Book Clubs
  • Organising the Annual IDOC Teacher Award
  • Conducting ITAP Workshops in identified areas of need
  • Supporting International Literacy Day activities in the Oceania region
  • Facilitating a Reading Challenge for Students.

The Information Text Awareness Program (ITAP), known formerly as the Non Fiction Book Flood, supports Pacific Island nations’ teachers using information texts in their classrooms.

IDOC is pleased to be the recipient of an in-kind donation from Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey who are the authors of “The Oral Language Book”. Sheena and Louise have committed $1 from the sale of each book to provide teacher professional learning workshops in Oceania islands. To purchase this book, and to support IDOC, please visit:

Read the article in the IRA journal Reading Today - 'Fijian educators passionate about preserving their language', by Wendy Carss (NZLA) and Beryl Exley (ALEA).

For more information about the work of ILA’s Global Operations Unit:

Please ‘like’ the IDOC Facebook page.

Please contact the IDOC Chair (Beryl Exley: or the ALEA rep (Grant Webb: if you wish to discuss IDOC activities further.

Further articles:

Catering for cultural and linguistic diversity: Using teacher created information texts, by Wendy Carss, Apolonia Tamata and Beryl Exley

Teachers as writers - writing information texts in English and vernacular, by Beryl Exley, Wendy Carss and Apolonia Tamata

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