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MV Sea Rakino Chartered For Lau Trip

MV Sea Rakino Chartered For Lau Trip
MV Sea Rakino at Port Mua-I-Walu.
May 31
11:00 2017

The MV Sea Rakino is currently on a 13 day trip to the Lau Group.

According to Jacinta Isaacs the Communications & Knowledge Management Specialist at the Australian Embassy this trip is an Australian Government funded Access to Quality Education Program (AQEP) – Fiji

This trip is for Literacy and Numeracy training in Lau, she said.

She says the Lau visit is part of the Ministry of Education’s national Literacy and Numeracy rollout in the Eastern Division and is co-funded by the Ministry and the Access to Quality Education Program (AQEP) as part of the Program’s sustainability approach.

The boat was delayed slightly due to bad weather, however, it was able to leave yesterday last Wednesday.

According to Ms Isaacs Class 1 and 2 teachers are being trained in effective Literacy and Numeracy teaching strategies by the Ministry of Education, with AQEP support.

Four Ministry of Education staff will attend (2 coaches, 1 Eastern Education Officer, 1 Curriculum Development Unit Officer)

The following schools will be visited in Lau: Tovu Village, Ketei Primary, Totoya District, Navesi Primary, Delaiverata District, Rt. Mocevakaca Primary, Qalikarua District, Babasea Primary, Naikeleyaga Village, Vunigiagia Village, Kabara Distrist, Moce District, Komo Village, Namukailau District, Vulaga District, Matuatabu Primary, Vatoa District, Doi Village, Onolevu District

Two training workshops will take place with the above schools: a five day workshop focused on literacy, and a four day workshop focused on numeracy

It is the first time that Curriculum training has been brought to these islands

Training is also taking place in Rotuma, Vanubalavu, Lakemba, Levuka, Lomaviti, Koro, Kadavu, Vivia

  • Class 1 and 2 teachers in the Western, Central and Northern Divisions have already been trained in the Ministry’s new literacy and numeracy strategy


Background information – The Ministry of Education’s new Literacy and Numeracy strategy

  • Funded by the Australian Government and managed by Palladium, AQEP has been working with the Government of Fiji and other stakeholders since 2011 to improve educational quality and access for children living in Fiji’s poorest communities, and to reduce disparities in access based on location, disability and gender.
  • The Ministry of Education’s new Literacy and Numeracy strategy, developed with AQEP support, is based on student centred learning, where teachers are focused on ensuring that every child is achieving and progressing, and that no child is left behind. The students “Do” an activity, “Talk” or engage in discussion and then “Record” (DTR). Teachers use games that engage young minds but still achieve the learning outcome. Children are no longer asked to copy from the textbook, sit still and repeat after the teacher. The aim is to produce people that think creatively and can problem solve.
  • The new literacy and numeracy strategy has been piloted in 85 AQEP supported primary schools across Fiji
  • Research in Fiji has demonstrated that children taught with the new Literacy Guide five days a week could read an average of 61 words correctly in one minute, whereas children taught with the Literacy Guide only one to two days a week could only read 21 words correctly in one minute. Therefore, the fluency rate is nearly three times faster for children who are consistently taught with this new literacy strategy than those who are not.


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