Solomon Islands Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Honourable John Moffatt Fugui with FALE Dean, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate.
The Solomon Islands Minister for Education and Human Resource Development (MERD), Honourable John Moffatt Fugui met with the Dean of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) to discuss key activities of the Faculty’s School of Education.
The purpose of the Minister’s visit to USP was to attend the University’s Finance and Investment Committee (FIC) meeting on 11 April 2016, after which he had the opportunity to meet the Dean of FALE on April 12.
The Faculty staff also discussed key activities carried out by USP’s School of Education in Solomon Islands and look into possible partnership opportunities between USP and Solomon Islands National University (SINU).
The Minister was also updated on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in resources in education.
FALE Dean, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate briefed Honourable Fugui about the importance of educational leadership training in Solomon Islands, adding that three cohorts of teachers and a school leader have graduated with a Diploma in Educational Leadership & Change programme through FALE in the last two years.
“The new Professional Certificate in School Leadership currently offered by the Faculty’s Institute of Education is continuing this professional development with over 1000 candidates in Solomon Islands as in-country programme specifically targeted to meet the needs of school leaders,” Dr Kedrayate said.
The Dean further stated that the Untrained Teachers Project funded by MERD has served one cohort with a Certificate in Teaching at the Lata Centre in Teamotu province of the Solomon Islands. The next cohort will be based at the country’s Makira province, and Dr Patricia Rodie from USP’s Honiara Campus will coordinate it.
Dr Kedrayate informed the Education Minister that the School of Education (SOE) has an integrated workshop component in its Bachelor of Education programme to equip education students with necessary skills and knowledge in innovative learning technologies and open educational resources.
The Dean further presented a report on the current pilot programme on ICT for better education.
The meeting also saw some discussions on strengthening the partnership between USP and SINU. There has been an ongoing interest in SINU staff completing Postgraduate studies with SOE.
“It is part of our responsibility at USP to support Higher Education Institutions in terms of regional & human resources development. We also are offering programmes that are of quality, relevant and offered through various modes to be accessible to students in the region,” Dr Kedrayate said.
Plans are underway to offer in-country cohort-based programmes on Bachelor of Education – primary, Early Childhood Education and Postgraduate courses in Solomon Islands in semester two.
As part of the discussions on the use of ICT in education, Honourable Fugui acknowledged the need for providing ICT resources to the teachers in their schools so that they can continue using the ICT integrated pedagogies and skills they learnt at USP.
The Minister thanked the School of Education and the University for the “wonderful support” it is providing to the Ministry of Education and the Solomon Islands government.
As part of his visit to USP, Honourable Fugui had a tour of the Teachers’ Educational Resource and E-Learning Centre (TEREC).
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