MOA formalizes NZ funded education projects

Minister Samsen and NZ High Commissioner Schwass putting pens to paper yesterday. Photo: MoET

The New Zealand (NZ) Government, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), is providing VT231 to rebuild cyclone damaged schools and another VT84 million to improve student’s scientific knowledge.

This was formalized in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by the NZ High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jonathan Schwass, and the Minister of Education, Samson Samsen, yesterday.

The VT231 million will be used to construct new buildings at three schools in Santo that were damaged by Tropical Cyclone (TC) Cyclone, as part of NZ support to Education Recovery from TC Harold, for rebuilding back better.

These schools are Santo East, Sarakata and Fanafo primary schools. Some of the classes at these schools are still being offered under tents.

For the second project on e-learning for science, the VT84 million will contribute to an enabling environment for the year students including teachers into becoming confident and critical thinkers in science.

NZ High Commissioner Schwass said the two projects indicate NZ’s big interest in supporting the education sector in Vanuatu and will strengthen the two countries’ bilateral relationship.

He said: “There is a need to help year 10 students and teachers who are not specialised on science and technology and have limited resources. The program will build up their (teacher’s) capability to teach science to students.

“NZ is happy to provide support in the development of student’s science critical thinking.”

He added that the projects will support the ministry’s work plans.

Minister of Education Samsen thanked NZ Government for its ongoing support to the education sector.

He assured the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) will be working closely with MFAT’s officials to ensure the successful implementation of these projects, which will enhanced impact in teaching and learning of children.

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