The Australian Government Support to Fiji Education Program shared key ideas, activities and its Year 2 priorities with more than 50 education stakeholders during the second Education Stakeholders Meeting at the Holiday Inn, Suva today.
The meeting was an opportunity for representatives from government, tertiary and teacher training institutions, teacher unions, development partners, faith-based and civil society organisations to collectively deliberate and provide advice.
Chief guest, Counsellor, Development Cooperation (Fiji and Tuvalu), Ms Joanna Houghton was delighted to see the participation of more than 50 stakeholders whose feedback will strengthen Australia’s commitment to Fiji’s Education Sector.
She reaffirmed the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting the strategic priorities of the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) through the Program.
“The Program is committed to being responsive to the strategic priorities of the education sector in Fiji. As we enter the second year of Program implementation, it is timely for us to consult with education stakeholders to ensure that our support remains targeted, demand driven and has a sustainable impact,” she said.
Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts, Ms Alison Burchell acknowledged the Australian Government’s continued support towards strengthening Fiji’s education sector.
“The support from the Australian Government, not just for the next four years but from recent years too, has enabled the Ministry to move forward on several fronts, complementing initiatives to modernise education. Of particular assistance has been support for internet connectivity, special needs education, inclusive education, as well as the ongoing support to our teacher training system. We thank DFAT for its ongoing support.”
Valued at up to AUD25 million, the five-year Program aims to strengthen Fiji’s education sector by contributing to the strategic priorities of the MEHA that support quality learning and teaching through targeted support such as demand-driven technical assistance, grants to support analytics and partnerships.
Key focus areas include systems strengthening; supporting the Fiji Government’s reforms in education; literacy and numeracy, inclusive education; Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS), and teacher preparation and development.
During the meeting, stakeholders received an update on the Program, shared on lessons learned from the implementation of the first Year Work Plan (July 2018-June 2019) and shared ideas on the draft Year 2 Program Work Plan (July 2019-June 2020).
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