Education Authorities and schools engaged on National School Infrastructure Development Planning

Education Authorities and schools participated positively in the process of the National School Infrastructure Development planning in a recent engagement organised by the Ministry of Education and Training.

In December 2017, the Council of Ministers has approved the preparation of the National School Infrastructure Development Plan.

The objective of this two-day meeting was to encourage Education Authorities and schools to play their vital role in leading their communities to achieve the NSIDP and identify the areas for potential amalgamations.

The population is increasing and the MoET needs to meet the growing expectations while continuing improving the quality, access and management of Vanuatu education. Thus, the Ministry needs to engage with Education Authorities and schools to ensure the best use of its limited resources.

Bahai Faith Director Payman Rowhani supportably stated, “It is time for Vanuatu to act in a mature way, all government & Church schools, are using a language of inclusiveness which means that despite various denominations, they should be able to accept any students and act in a mature way.

“It is not about converting an individual to any churches, at the end of the day we all worship one God so we are to promote the main principle of oneness of behaviour.

“In every community, when someone is mature they act in a mature way, in saying this, Vanuatu is nearly 40 years after independence and we have to leave out somethings and move on to the next level of maturity for this nation.

“We should share the process and work together to ensure we have a better nation”.

The NSIDP, with the optimistic response and willingness from the Education Authorities, schools and communities to work with the Government will give clear directions. It will provide a more effective and efficient allocation of school resources and ultimately better education services, management and access for all students.

Over the past three years, the MoET has followed a steady path to improve its systems for collecting data thanks to Open VEMIS.

This online platform allows the MoET to decentralise data collection while keeping a centralised approach.

Thanks to the huge amount of data collected so far, the MoET has now a better vision of the reality on the ground and the challenges that lie ahead. However, for the Plan to be successful, the Provincial Governments, the Provincial Educations Offices, Education Authorities, schools and communities need to be involved and lead the plan finalisation and implementation.

Director of Policy and Planning at the MoET, Serge Lewawa, explained “the National School Infrastructure Development Plan will define a strategy to optimise the use of MoET resources by analysing data, including the various stakeholders’ views and making informed decisions about the provision of resources. In short, the objective is very clear: maximise the use of resources to support better quality, access and management of education in Vanuatu”.

The NSIDP, with the optimistic response and willingness from the Education Authorities, schools and communities to work with the Government will give clear directions. It will provide a more effective and efficient allocation of school resources and ultimately better education services, management and access for all students.

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