Vanuatu educators who enrolled in ED493 summer school at Emalus Campus. Sitting fourth from left is Mr Roy Obed, Director of Education Services with Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOEd) has for the first time begun the delivery of a cohort-based Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu is currently experiencing a strong desire by teachers to further their qualifications especially in the area of educational leadership. This became evident when 20 Vanuatu teachers and educators attended and successfully completed the ED493 Advanced Studies in Educational Policy course during the Summer flexi-school at Emalus Campus in January 2018. The course was facilitated by Professor Govinda Lingam, the Head of School of Education.
Speaking at the closing of the Summer School at Emalus Campus, Mr. Roy Obed, the Vanuatu Director of Education Services, sounded positive about the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
“I am particularly pleased to see many of you upgrading your qualifications in educational leadership, an area that deserves a lot of attention in our schools,” he said.
Mr. Obed, who has had years of experience in developing educational policies within the Vanuatu Ministry of Education, stressed the importance of setting directions in policy development.
He stated that “when we think about policy development, we should not be thinking in isolation” and reiterated the fact that the development of educational policy in Vanuatu is influenced by national, regional and international requirements. The Director further emphasised that educational policies must be aligned with Vanuatu’s key legislation that aims to provide better education services to all stakeholders.
The participants spoke highly of the ED493 course saying that it came at the right time when Vanuatu is seeking ways to improve the quality of its education and in particular school leadership.
Although participants paid for their own tuition fees, Mr Obed said ED493 is part of the professional development plan for the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and the Ministry supports teachers upgrading themselves.
This he said, means that when participants successfully complete the course, they will be reimbursed by the Ministry upon production of results and receipts for the payment of fees.
This cohort of educators have already enrolled in AL400 Research Methodologies in the Humanities & Social Sciences this semester and they will do ED491 Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership during a Winter School in July this year.
In thanking Mr Obed, Professor Lingam also assured him that the School of Education will continue to assist Vanuatu in preparing better school leaders who can effectively manage and lead schools in changing times.
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