MINISTER for Education & Human Resources Development (MEHRD), Lanelle Olandrea Tanangada says schools need to play bigger role for changing the future.
When presenting her speech during the budget debate recently, she said schools must play a much bigger role in preparing our children and young people for the changing future and with it the many challenges they are likely to face as they move into adulthood.
“This requires a renewed commitment to improving the skills, knowledge and competencies of our young people in addition to equipping them with not only literacy and numeracy skills and their application to learning other subjects but also a holistic education to enable them to be positive citizens who will contribute to society and our country’s improvement,” she said.
She said this cannot happen without commitment by my Ministry, Education Authorities, school leaders, teachers and parents as well as provision of funding required by our schools to provide a relevant and contextualised education inclusive of character building.
“Education reform is our national mission. Together, we are all responsible for ensuring that every young person in Solomon Islands has an equal opportunity to reach their potential or highest standards,” she said.
She said it is therefore, our duty to provide our young people of today with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values they need to develop in order to play a full, fruitful and active role in their communities and wider society.
“Let me assure this House that my Ministry is committed to improvement that will result in the success and well-being of every Solomon Islands learner, regardless of background or personal circumstance and the many challenges in education we face and need to address,” she said.
//By FOLLET JOHN