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SOEd to deliver the Vanuatu Teachers’ Leadership Programme in 2019

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Hon. Mr. Jean Pierre Nirua, Vanuatu's Minister of Education

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOEd) and the Vanuatu Ministry of Education will deliver the Vanuatu Teachers’ Leadership Programme (VTLP) in 2019.

This follows successful discussions held between Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of SOEd and Honourable Mr. Jean Pierre Nirua, the Vanuatu Minister of Education, officials from the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Mr. John Kaltau, the National Scholarships Officer, on 3 July 2018.

The Vanuatu education system needs trained, qualified and effective school leaders who are able to make sound decisions that meet the challenges of the changing school environment. 

Professor Lingam explained that the VTLP programme is designed to “prepare both aspiring and existing leaders to acquire relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to effectively lead and manage schools and education systems of the 21st century”.

“Even though more ni-Vanuatu teachers are undergoing training and becoming certified, if school leaders do not have the necessary skills and relevant knowledge of good leadership practices then changes that are needed in the overall education system will not really occur,” he shared.

The VTLP programme comprises four (4) 400 level courses where upon successful completion, school leaders will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Leadership strand).

While further discussions are expected on the details of the programme, the SOEd plans to deliver the first course during the summer flexi school period in December 2018.

Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd.

The remaining 3 courses will be delivered in Semester 1, the Winter flexi and Semester 2 of 2019. It is hoped that participants will graduate in December 2019.

The SOEd is also extremely pleased with the discussions it had with the Ministry of Education to convert the VTLP programme into the French language.

According to Professor Lingam, this is to cater for the needs of French speaking ni-Vanuatu schools and educational leaders. The SOEd at Emalus had already converted its Graduate Certificate in Education programme into Certificat Post-Licence en Sciences de L’Éducation.

Professor Lingam assured the Vanuatu Ministry of Education that “the SOEd intends to convert more of its education programmes that are relevant to Vanuatu into French in the near future”.

Discussions are also expected on the future lecturing positions in education for French speaking ni-Vanuatu lecturers at Emalus to further enhance the teaching of courses in French. 

Professor Lingam thanked Hon Jean Pierre Nirua, Minister of Education, and Mr.  Kaltau for their collegiality and foresight to have better prepared educational leaders to lead and manage schools in Vanuatu.

This news item was published on 5 Jul 2018 12:38:55 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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