The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture is utilizing the first school holidays for 2017 for a series of training, targeting various areas in which teachers need further assistance. According to the Chief Executive Officer, Afamasaga Dr Karoline Afamasaga-Fuata’i, this is the first time the Ministry is carrying out national training of this scale – targeting close to 1700 teachers for Primary schools, 800 teachers for Secondary schools and 800 school Principals.
The first series of trainings is being held for Upolu teachers from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April 2017. For Savaii, training will be from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th April 2017.
The Honourable Minister of Education, Sports and Culture Afioga Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio opened the Year 12 and 13 training sessions which were held at the MESC Headquarters, Malifa. Other training sessions were opened by the CEO and ACEOs of the Ministry.
Targeted areas to be covered include:
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Strategies for effective teaching and learning
- Mental Strategies for Mathematics
- Feedback sessions on SSC & SSLC results for Year 12 & Year 13 Teachers
- Strategies to target SSC & SSLC poor results
- Leadership Induction for New Principals (1-5 years of experience)
The focus is primarily laid on innovative ways of teaching and learning with a session run for School Principals on effective leadership to assist school management personnel needing assistance.
Trainers and facilitators for the training are mostly staff of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture with relevant expertise and experience. Other sessions are led by staff of the Oloamanu Centre at the National University of Samoa.
New Principals with 1-5 years of experience for both Primary and Secondary Schools also went through a Leadership training targeting the different leadership and management areas as stipulated in the Leadership Standards for Principals. This training was facilitated by a local consultant engaged by MESC.
Teachers of Mission and Private Schools had also been invited to attend the trainings.