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Programme Extended To Rebuild Schools

Education stakeholders met in Suva yesterday to discuss the Australian-funded Access to Quality Education Program’s activities, progress to date and future plans at the 6th AQEP Stakeholder meeting. Australian High
01 Jul 2016 08:50
Programme Extended To Rebuild Schools

Education stakeholders met in Suva yesterday to discuss the Australian-funded Access to Quality Education Program’s activities, progress to date and future plans at the 6th AQEP Stakeholder meeting.

Australian High Commission Counsellor for Development Co-operation in Fiji and Tuvalu, Christina Munzer, opened the discussion.

“AQEP is now coming to the end of its fifth year, to conclude on June 30, 2017 after a total of six years. We have since extended the programme for an additional year to mid-2018, to focus on rebuilding school infrastructure damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston,” Ms Munzer said.

Attendees included representatives of the Ministry of Education, various Government ministries, development partners, regional bodies and civil society organisations.

Ms Munzer said the final two years of AQEP’s implementation would be a crucial time for consolidating results. Ms Munzer also acknowledged AQEP’s close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and schools to hand over responsibilities and ownership of activities.

Permanent Secretary for Education, Iowane Tiko said: “AQEP’s work in literacy and numeracy is a model that has provided a golden opportunity and a huge breakthrough for many non-readers and innumerate students in Fijian schools and within the Ministry. It’s just like gold.”

According to AQEP team leader, Dr Priscilla Puamau, the programme’s activities have benefitted over 44,000 primary and secondary school students, representing 21 per cent of all students in Fijian schools.

“AQEP has been a catalyst in positively changing the attitudes and practices of major stakeholders it works with, particularly head teachers, school management committees, teachers, parents and the community,” Ms Puamau said.

Source: Australian High Commission

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