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Education for all in Tuvalu

© UNICEF Pacific/Reiko Miskelly/2011
Tuvalu Primary school students on their way to school.

15 March 2012 - The Government of Tuvalu, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and UNICEF have agreed to a four year partnership for the Education Sector in Tuvalu. The agreement follows a joint commitment to provide and sustain excellence in Education for All, as embodied within the goals of the Tuvalu Education Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

The partnership programme will deliver interventions in the areas of School based Management, Teacher Training and Development and Early Grade Literacy, to the benefit of approximately 3,200 primary and junior secondary students. As a result, all students will be able to demonstrate improved foundational literacy and numeracy skills required of students by year 3, and improved learning outcomes by the end of year 8.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has put forward an extremely comprehensive sector plan with a clear focus on ensuring that all children meet the required learning outcomes across the basic education cycle. Improving current achievement rates is a high priority, and the programme will invest significantly to strengthen foundational literacy and numeracy skills within the early years as a means of ensuring efficient and effective learning across later school years.

Representatives from UNICEF, Tuvalu, and AusAID

Strengthening of Early Childhood Education services forms a key part of this multi-year programme. Investing in children's development and learning at a young age provides a high rate of return - both academically as well as in terms of health outcomes and ultimately in terms of an improved and competitive national work force. Teachers are one of the greatest determinants of learning outcomes and as such, upgrading the current pedagogical as well as subject-specific knowledge and skills of Tuvalu's primary and junior secondary teachers will be a key component of this programme. Ensuring that teachers are supported through strong school management practices is also a key feature of this initiative. A further investment of the programme will be in improved Education Sector Planning, which will allow for greater efficiency and effectiveness of school services.

The Government of Tuvalu, AusAID and UNICEF agree to oversee the programme through their membership in an Oversight Committee, which will provide the coordination mechanism for reviewing progress and collectively addressing any challenges faced.



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