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Ministry Launches Education Sector Plan Development Programme

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) will chart a 10-year roadmap for education in Fiji.
28 Aug 2022 14:14
Ministry Launches Education Sector Plan Development Programme
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Premila Kumar with students and guests during the launch of the Education Sector Plan (ESP) development programme in Suva on August 25, 2022. Photo: Wati Talebula-Nuku

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) will chart a 10-year roadmap for education in Fiji.

The initiative was announced the ministry launched the Education Sector Plan (ESP) development programme in Suva yesterday.

In 2021, MEHA and the Ministry of Economy received a letter from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in­forming them that Fiji had become eligible to be a member of GPE.

Becoming a member of the GPE meant that Fiji can now be eligible for the System Capacity Grant of up to US$1.5million ($3.3million)

Permanent Secretary Dr Anjeela Jokhan said the event marked a milestone in shaping Fiji’s education.

“This is the most opportune time to embark on such an initiative because with COVID-19 disrupting education dramatically, globally, we need to think seriously about building resilience in education so such disruptions in the future do not cause the level of learn­ing loss as it did this time around,” Dr Jokhan said.

“Work has been go­ing on since then in the background and I acknowledge our partners UNICEF and DFAT for their guidance and as­sistance right from the start. We have received US$587,879 ($1.2million) for this plus US$41,151.53 ($90,644.48) agency fee for UNICEF as the grant agent.

“While we have re­ceived US$587,879 ($1.2million) ini­tially, we are still able to access more of this fund, as the need arises during the development of the ESP. In the de­velopment of the ESP some key as­pects will need to be considered such as quality and equita­ble education for all children, gender equality and positioning our education system in the rapidly changing global climate.”

The senior education specialist, GPE, Daisuke Kanazawa said GPE was a multi stakeholder partnership.

He added that 80 developing counties’ partners and more than 20 country donors were part of GPE.

Edited by Rayape Karavaki

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