- Lack of teachers and limited skills of those who are teaching
- High youth unemployment rates
- Low school retention rates
- Overall low-academic student performance
During the Samoan Annual Teachers Conference in January 2017, one of the Principals highlighted that “…one of the biggest struggles we have is the lack of teachers”. The Samoan government has prioritised education and teacher training in its national strategic direction with the aim to improve access and quality of education.
The provision and training of good teachers, especially in English, mathematics, science, agricultural science, arts and vocational subjects, remains a vital issue to meet the approved teacher/student ratios of 1:30 (primary level) and 1:20 (secondary level).
How We’re Helping
Don Bosco College and Vocational Technical Centre requested a Physics & Science Teacher to mentor local teaching staff to improve the teaching delivery of these subjects. They have requested a teacher/mentor to:
- Provide mentoring and professional support for local educators
- Model best practice in classroom teaching
John Bradley, an experienced secondary teacher and previous Palms participant who was placed in Kiribati from 2001-2003, is being prepared and supported by Palms to begin his second placement as a Physics & Science Teacher / Mentor at Don Bosco College and Vocational Technical Centre.
John will be providing teacher training to local staff to improve the quality of education, enhance academic performance in students and promote best practice teaching methods to local teaching staff.
Is the Project Sustainable?
This project will offer two years of professional development assistance to the teachers at Don Bosco College and Vocational Technical Centre. It is expected that at the conclusion of the assignment, teachers will have further developed their professional capacity to meet the needs of local students.
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