Speaking during the launching of the Certificate in Teaching Primary Program for Teachers in Training (TIT) on Tuesday, Permanent Secretary for MEHRD Dr Franco Rodie said his Ministry has benefitted immensely over the past 10 years from the partnership we established with DFAT and MFAT and look forward to achieving more outcomes of our education reform program from our combined efforts.
“We in the Ministry of Education particularly value our working relationship with Australian DFAT and New Zealand MFAT officials in Honiara and place great importance on the Partnership. Our relationship has deepened and grown from strength to strength.
“The government and people of Solomon Islands are very appreciative of both Australia and New Zealand support, and I have no doubt that the teachers in training who are the targets of the current training do appreciate the support rendered so that they can become effective teachers.
“In this regard, let me acknowledge and thank both the Australian and New Zealand Governments through their High Commissioners who are present with us here at this gathering. Thank you, Australia and New Zealand for your continuous support to our Education Sector,” he said.
He said Australia and New Zealand are partnering with Solomon Islands Government through his Ministry to implement the Education Sector Support Program 2020 to 2023, which the TIT Project is one of key areas being supported.
Thus, he said the launch and the training of the TIT project for the June to July program – which we are witnessing its launch now, would not have been possible had it not been for the generous financial support provided by both the Australian and New Zealand Governments.
Solomon Islands USP Campus Director Dr Billy Fito’o on behave of the USP also acknowledged the DFAT and MFAT in partnership with Solomon Islands Government for the support rendered and the confidence on USP to deliver the programme as well.
By FOLLET JOHN