On Friday, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) has launched the National Education Action Plan (NEAP) 2022-2026 reaffirming its commitment to learning improvement and quality education for all children in Solomon Islands.
The NEAP 2022-2026 has a strong focus on a better education management system, access and inclusion in education for all children. The Action Plan also focuses on supporting teachers with the resources and training needed to provide quality and relevant learning support to children.
“Every child has the right to have a relevant and quality education to enable them to engage fully in everyday life, our important cultural elements as well as fulfil their broader potential in society,” said MEHRD’s Permanent Secretary, Franco Rodie. “This NEAP provides the plan for our system at this unique moment in time when education in the Solomon Islands is undergoing significant reform. We thank our partners, the Global Partnership for Education, UNICEF and the Education Sector Support Program, funded through the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, as well as all our partners who work together through the Education Development Partners Coordination Group, for their continuous support in ensuring a brighter future for our leaders of tomorrow.”
The NEAP 2022-2026 is the second action plan developed in Solomon Islands to achieve strengthened education systems under the fifteen-year Education Strategic Framework 2016 – 2030. This is a step forward to tackle the lessons learnt from the first NEAP 2016-2020 to ensure better education opportunities for children.
“We would like to congratulate the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development for the successful development and launch of the NEAP 2022-2026,” said UNICEF Pacific’s Chief of Solomon Islands Field Office, Dr. Zelalem Taffesse. “The NEAP 2022-2026 will contribute immensely to the efforts to ensure all children have access to quality education across the Solomon Islands. UNICEF will continue to work closely with the Ministry and other partners to ensure that the commitments in this Action Plan are implemented fully, including in remote schools and learning institutions.”
“This NEAP comes at a pivotal moment when Solomon Islands is on a journey towards once-in a-generation education reform, through the forthcoming Education Bill. Australia and New
Zealand are delighted to partner with Solomon Islands on this exciting reform journey to improve education access and outcomes for all children across Solomon Islands. We are proud to have supported the development of the NEAP, and to be supporting its implementation through the Education Sector Support Program, delivered in partnership with MEHRD,” said the First Secretary Education at the Australian High Commission, Samantha Vallance, with the Second Secretary at the New Zealand High Commission, Olivia Benton-Guy.
With this launch, MEHRD, together with partners, will work with Provincial Education Officers, schools and communities on how the new Action Plan can guide them in their own planning and activities for quality education based on the needs of their provinces.