USP to start teacher training programme in Solomon Islands
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The Minister for Education, Hon. John Dean Kuku and Professor Govinda Lingam, HOS SOEd with participants of the TIT programme.
A Teachers In-Training (TIT) programme to be delivered by The University of the South Pacific (USP) was recently launched in Gizo, Solomon Islands’ Western Province.
Those in attendance included The Premier of Western Province, Hon David Gina; Minister of Education for the Western Province, Hon Brisbane Amatore; Provincial Secretary and Provincial Staff; USP School of Education staff; Senior Management Officials and staff from the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development; and from the Western Provincial Education Office and Representatives of Education Authorities in the Solomon Islands.
In partnership between USP, the Solomon Islands Ministry of Education and its development partners, the training would not have been possible without the financial support from the Australian and New Zealand governments.
Honourable John Dean Kuku, Solomon Islands Minister for Education said USP has produced leaders in government, commerce and industry, faith-based organisations and in academia while some had become national and regional statesmen and women as well.
Since 2011, the School of Education (SOEd) under the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education at USP has trained more than 800 teachers and school leaders under its partnership with the Solomon Islands MOE.
The Minister noted that a similar programme has just been completed in Makira Province where 78 Teachers in Training (TITs) will be awarded their teaching certificates in the upcoming USP graduation ceremony in September.
“My ministry has been part of the success story in this partnership between development partners and USP. The success here in Gizo and Taro in Choiseul Province will support this programme to be delivered to other provinces in Solomon Islands,” he noted.
He acknowledged USP “for coming forward to support Solomon Islands in this teacher training and development programme”.
The Minister then acknowledged the shared interest and vision saying he looked forward to more constructive dialogue on how education is managed going forward.
“We witness before us, young men and women who have the passion to serve and help others. They choose to do so by way of teaching. They are eager to be teachers.
“Teaching is a noble and honorable profession. It is a call of duty – a call that goes above and beyond normal duty for your students and their families at the expense of your very own,” he said.
He said that because the role and responsibility of a teacher is enormous, a teacher must be provided a good and solid foundation hence training of teachers and teacher professional development is of paramount importance.
Furthermore, he advised that the training will develop their capacity to extend the limited resources of the school by means of improvisation of infrastructure facilities.
The Minister acknowledged the attendance of the Head of the School of Education at USP, Professor Govinda Lingam saying that his presence is a testimony of his commitment and determination to deliver this programme here in Gizo, Western Province.
He further noted the presence of School of Education staff, Dr Billy Fitoo and Mr. Lalesh Sharma, from Fiji and thanked USP for having an interest to support Solomon Islands teachers and education in general and also to have the opportunity to visit their province and people.
Professor Govinda Lingam thanked the Minister for having trust and faith in the School of Education and assured the Minister that the School will continue to provide quality teacher preparation programmes to Solomon Islands.
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