Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd and Mr Jesse Dick Joe, the Director-General of Education and Training in Vanuatu (sitting) with the School’s teaching staff following their productive meeting.
Vanuatu’s educational needs and identification of areas where the School of Education’s (SOEd) expertise could be best utilised were a major focus of discussion between Mr Jesse Dick Joe, the Director-General of Education and Training in Vanuatu, and teaching staff of SOEd.
Chaired by Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd, at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus, the meeting was an opportunity for programme coordinators to brief Mr Joe on the School’s education programmes.
The Director-General described Vanuatu’s latest mid-term education strategic plan and indicated where the SOEd’s expertise could potentially assist in meeting the aims of that plan.
“We have a consultant helping us prepare our education plan and this will be implemented in different phases starting from 2019. We want SOEd to start preparing for this,” Mr Joe said.
Potential areas of collaboration between Vanuatu Education and the School of Education include:
• Delivery of appropriate teacher education programmes to provide formal teaching qualifications to the many unqualified teachers at the primary and secondary school levels;
• School leadership development for aspiring principals;
• Delivery of postgraduate certificate in tertiary teaching;
• Inclusive and special education policy development;
• Delivery of postgraduate education research programmes; and
• Training of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) teachers.
Mr Joe and the staff of SOEd considered the meeting extremely worthwhile and are looking forward to building on some of the initiatives discussed.
“I am extremely impressed with the range of programmes available for teacher education here at USP. We really look up to the SOEd to assist us with our plans to improve teacher education in Vanuatu,” said Mr Joe.
Professor Lingam thanked the Director- General for the visit and reassured him of the School’s commitment to the Region including Vanuatu.
“My staff are ready and committed to offer high quality teacher education and support in helping Vanuatu raise the level of teacher competency to ensure qualitative improvements in education,” Professor Lingam assured.
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