Participants of the Professional Development training for teachers at Tuvalu Campus.
About seventy (70) teachers in Tuvalu are attending a two-week Professional Development training hosted by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tuvalu Campus in conjunction with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Ministry of Education Tuvalu.
Mr Talavai Iona, Permanent Secretary for Education officially opened the workshop on 14 August, 2017. He highlighted the significance of professional development in the teaching profession and how Tuvalu’s Ministry of Education is supporting the upskilling of teachers so that quality education is provided to the students and the community.
Dr Rosiana Lagi, USP Tuvalu Campus Director reiterated this sentiment saying that professional development will assist teachers to be updated with relevant information and strategies to improve learning and teaching.
She mentioned that at the same time it will ensure that teachers are interested in what they are doing and provide innovative and interesting strategies that will enable their students to be interested in their lessons.
Dr Lagi highlighted that this will in turn lead to increased community confidence in the teachers and the education system as a whole.
Dr Saraha Hemstock from the SPC said the workshop will assist teachers in learning about strategies that can better equip them to use sustainable strategies in mitigating climate change.
The teachers will be attending workshops in Teaching Literacy facilitated by Dr Rosiana Lagi; Assessment and Training facilitated by Dr Sarah Hemstock and Vocational Skills Development by Dr Shikha Raturi from the USP’s School of Education.
The workshop does not only focus on content knowledge but also on teaching, learning and assessment strategies that will assist in building capacity for lifelong learning. The Teaching Literacy and Assessment and Training Workshops will be held at the USP Tuvalu Campus while the Training and Vocational Skills Development will be held at the Government Building Conference Room.
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