The second week of the Tuvalu Learning Education Project (TuLEP) witnessed significant progress in enhancing education practices and fostering collaborative efforts. Classroom observations provided valuable hands-on training for the local research team while piloting time-on-task tools, with a focus on improving teaching and learning outcomes.
During the week, our research experts, Dr Moale ‘Otunuku and Dr Nilesh Narayan visited various educational institutions in Funafuti to conduct classroom observations. Their visit to an Early Childhood Education (ECE) school allowed them to gain insights into the foundations of education, while primary and secondary school visits offered valuable observations in different grade levels.
At the primary school, the team observed classes in both Class 3 and Class 8, while at the secondary school, they observed Form 3 and Form 5 classes. These observations served a dual purpose – providing the local research team with hands-on practice in using time-on-task tools for teachers and students, while simultaneously piloting the effectiveness of these tools in the Tuvalu context.
The feedback gathered from each class observation session played a crucial role in refining the time-on-task tools.
In addition to classroom observations, representing the Waka unit, the team engaged in collaborative efforts to improve the curriculum and promote bilingual literacy. The project team liaised with the Tuvalu Curriculum Officer to obtain mathematics and English curriculum materials for classes 1 to 6.
Furthermore, the project team collaborated with the Tuvalu Director of Education to introduce a sample of bilingual books in English and Tuvalu. These books were shared with the Director, who plans to review them with the Tuvalu Reading Program. If approved, a collaborative effort between the Institute of Education (IoE) and Tuvalu education authorities will be established to publish more of these bilingual books, enriching educational resources and promoting literacy in both languages.
The ongoing collaboration between the Institute of Education and the Tuvalu education authorities demonstrates a shared commitment to improving education outcomes in the nation. By leveraging local expertise, piloting innovative tools, and fostering collaboration, Tuvalu is making significant strides towards an enhanced and inclusive education system.
The IoE looks forward to continuing its efforts to empower educators, support student learning, and foster collaboration for a brighter future in Tuvalu.
IoE is one of the stakeholders for the Tuvalu Learning Program (TuLEP). The IoE is undertaking three research studies under this program.