THE GOVERNMENT'S VISION FOR THE MINISTRY
The Government of Samoa recognises the central role of education, sports and culture in its vision for the socialand economic development of Samoa. The vision remains focused on the achievement of:
"Improved Quality of Life for ALL"
The achievement of the vision relies on the effective implementation of priority strategies to achieve efficient and effective education services.
Achieving the national vision will also result in the attainment of Samoa's MDG targets. H (SDS 2005- 2007, p.2)
THE MINISTRY'S VISION
In light of the Government's vision, the Ministry has developed a vision that reflects all areas pertaining to its work:
"A quality holistic education system that recognizes and realizes the spiritual, cultural, Intellectual and physical potential of all participants, enabling them to make fulfilling life choices."
THE MINISTRY'S MISSION
To achieve the Government and Ministry's vision, a mission statement has been adopted that illustrates the importance of education, sports and culture to the individual, the nation and embraces the idea of personal development.
"Promote quality and sustainable development In all aspects of Education, Sports and Culture to provide choices for everyone"
POLICY AND PLANNING PRINCIPLES
As highlighted in the SPP, the Ministry continues to adopt the following policy and planning principles: vision, looking beyond the 'now' and envisaging a desirable future based and guided by current trends and forecasts:
change, responsive to shortcomings and mindful of desired outcomes;
consultative and participatory to enhance understanding of issues concerned;
continuity and ensuring sustainablllty, building on best practices observed;
strategic direction, encourages better preparations for effective delivery of education for all learners;
local context and perspective, enhances change and development; and,
the value of language, in strengthening the identity of the community
The key values upon which the Ministry’s service delivery is based are as follows:
The concept of Equity requires that the system will treat all individuals fairly and justly in the provision of services and opportunities. Policies and practices which advantage some social groups and disadvantage others will be avoided, while those which address existing inequalities in access, treatment and outcome will be promoted.
Quality is exemplified by high standards of academic achievement, cultural understanding and social behaviour and results from a complex interplay of professional and technical factors, and social and cultural practices. Policies promoting these will be pursued.
Relevancy implies a system which is meaningful, recognised, applicable and useful to one’s life. It should enhance the individual and community well being and ultimately national development, including cultural, humanistic and spiritual aspects. Policy decisions will address what is relevant to the individual, to the community and to the nation.
Efficiency is demonstrated by management practices which ensure optimum use of resources; human, financial and material – at all levels, efficient service delivery, unhampered communication and co-ordinated decision-making. Policies which establish these practices and monitor effectiveness will be given priority.
Sustainability requires the wise utilization of human, financial and material resources, to ensure balanced and continual development in the system.
Safety implies that the ‘utmost’ care is observed and displayed in the application of procedures and processes and wherever resources are utilized. It also refers to the safe upkeep and storage of information.
Discipline: the nature of the teaching profession is the continuous interaction between teachers and their students. And while teachers facilitate learning, at the same time become models of behavior for students; in how they respond and how they do things.
All employees of the Ministry must abide by and adhere to the Values and Code of Conduct expressed in the Public Service Act 2004.