Development partners to the education sector have reaffirmed commitment to continue to provide technical support and funding to education in Vanuatu.

Donor countries such as Australia, Philippines, Finland, South Korea, Japan, and India including locally based non-government organizations such as UNICEF, Care International, Save the Children Australia, OXFAM, Live & Learn, Red Cross, Peace World and World Vision put pen to paper in a joint partnership agreement this week in the presence of the Minister of Education and Training (MOET), Jean Pierre Nirua, and all staff from the ministry of education.

Donor countries pledged to support government priorities and development strategies to improve services through improved efficiency and a zero tolerance for corruption.

Speaking on behalf of all development partners, the Chief of UNICEF, Andrew Parker, said: “We aim to work on plan, on system and on budget.

“We are committed to aligning support to the priorities and strategies of the government, using local systems to assist Vanuatu achieve development goals, from early childhood through secondary to tertiary education.

“We prioritize the importance of collaboration in sharing together by co-ordinates actions to simplify procedures and participate in information sharing to avoid duplication.

“We need to nurture respect and accountability through open communications.

“We are dedicated to giving children the best start in life. Vanuatu’s future are the children.”

Vanuatu is committed to achieve the universal sustainable development goal 4 : ‘ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ .

To be successful, Vanuatu must establish and maintain cordial partnerships with development partners, NGOs, civil society, other national institutions, the private sector, parents and children, said the minister of education.

Apart from the joint partnership agreement, Minister Nirua and the Acting Director General, Jesse Dick, launched the interim Vanuatu Education and Training Sector Strategy (VETSS) of 2017 to 2018.

VETSS sets out the priorities and direction of the education section, taking into account key policy areas such as school grants and education subsidy, inclusive education, teacher quality, minimum standards, curriculum, early childhood, infrastructure and post education and training.

VETSS aligns with the strategy directions of the national sustainable development plan from 2016 to 2030.

It can only be delivered through partnership with development partners, stakeholders and the people, said Mr Nirua.

On that day, the MOET also launched its Business Plan of 2017 and its Child Safeguarding Policy.

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