St Helena : St Helena Discussions take place on Education
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 14.05.2011 (Article Archived on 28.05.2011)
Last year, the Department for International Development injected additional money into the Education Service.
St Helena Discussions take place on Education
Last year, the Department for International Development injected additional money into the Education Service. This funded the Education Sector Support programme 2 which over a period of three years, is designed to raise educational standards through further improving the quality of teaching and learning in all schools.
Beginning in January 2010, project funding allowed the directorate to make developments in various areas. The project has now been in place for 18 months and is being reviewed with a view to assessing progress and planning for the future.
For the review, David Levesque, DfID Senior Education Adviser and Patt Flett, Programme Manager for the project, are both on island.
During their time here both will be visiting schools and meeting with teachers particularly focusing on the subject areas of Science and Maths to enable them to evaluate the successes of new training programmes for Maths and Science that were introduced to schools through the project.
They will also meet with members of the Education and Employment Committee and senior personnel within Education to hear their views on the project.
As part of the review particular emphasis will be placed on how well activities were carried out, their impact on St Helena, and how to build on what has already been achieved.
To determine this, Patt will be gathering evidence and feedback from all involved in the project.
Patt will also be working with teachers to prepare for a team of Trainers who will be visiting in July to work with Prince Andrew School and the Primary Schools.
While here, David will look at Adult and Vocational Education and how skills development can feed into SHG’s agenda and future employment opportunities on St Helena.
Additionally he will review scholarship programmes and assessing the role it has to play in benefitting the island in the longer term.
David will also look at the progress being made with Distance Learning Education, this being a relatively new initiative in place at Prince Andrew School. In particular he will look at progress and how the provision of Distance Learning Education to young people can be further enhanced through links with the university of Wolverhampton and schools in the UK.
Director of Education and Employment, Lilla Oliver said:
“This mid-term review has highlighted key areas where developments and improvements have been made and has also given a clear focus on the key activities that need to be undertaken within the next 18 months to allow the Education Directorate to achieve maximum benefit from the project”
Public Relations/Information Office
12 May 2011