Speaking at the launching of the Pre-primary year PPY program last week, Dr. Zelalem Taffesse of the organisation said the launch marks the beginning of the decade for accelerated action towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG) agenda 2030.
“The Solomon Islands Government is also taking part in the Voluntary National Reporting (VNR) to the UN High level Political Platform on the progress made so far, the lessons learnt and plans for accelerating the implementation of strategies for achieving the SDG goals.
“I am sure that the progress of the Ministry of Education in achieving Goal 4.2 of the SDGs which specifically deals with pre-primary education access will provide an excellent learning platform for other countries in the same track globally,” he stated.
He also added that UNICEF will remain committed to support the Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development to take enhances access to education to all ages in Solomon Islands.
“In this regard, I am pleased to present this set of large print reading materials (consisting of 9 different books) which will be distributed to all the 1000 plus PPY teachers trained and deployed across the country,” he said, when presenting the PPY document to the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr Franco Rodie.
By GEORGE GWAMANI