Official Handover of Primary Mathematics Science Project.
The Primary Mathematics Science Project (PMSP) which was funded by the Government of Japan will be handed over to the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) after 3 years of implementation in 72 primary schools.
This was held on Thursday 16th February, 2017 at the Aute Conference Room (MESC, Malifa).
The Hokkaido University of Education (HUE) in Japan had been implementing this project with MESC under the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and JICA since 2014. During this period, 124 workshops had been held to train teachers on effective problem-solving methodologies for the teaching of Mathematics and Science in primary schools. Other activities included observation classes, awareness and review meetings.
It was expected that at the Hand-Over Ceremony, HUE would present copies of the “Manual for Development of Science and Mathematics Lessons to foster pupils’ abilities to think”, developed by the project staff to contribute to the wealth of resources already shared for teaching. The Manual was an outcome of the hard work between MESC staff in the Curriculum, Design and Materials Division and professors from HUE.
The Honourable Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Afioga Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio, Japanese Ambassador to Samoa, Mr. Kazumasa Shibuta, and President of HUE, Dr. Haruo Jaana attended the ceremony together with school principals, curriculum officers for both primary and secondary schools. The Chief Executive Officer and management team of MESC were part of the event.
The lessons learned from the PMSP would be integrated into the work of the Ministry to ensure sustainability of what had been shared by HUE but more importantly to benefit the teaching of Mathematics and Science in primary classrooms.