29 Oct 2007

UNESCO to launch teacher training progamme in Marshall Islands and FSM

11:38 am on 29 October 2007

A new teacher training pilot project is being launched by UNESCO in the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia.

The project will emphasise the involvement of mentors to improve results in the classroom and is jointly funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO and the Ministry of Education.

UNESCO's Pacific representative based in Apia, Samoa, Visesio Pongi, says the training programme is being expanded because of its success in five other islands.

He says in the Marshall Islands, the teacher training work will focus on just one remote atoll.

Mr Pongi says if it's successful, it can open the door to duplicating the project in other islands.

He says in Micronesia, Chuuk state will be targeted for teacher and classroom upgrades.

Both Chuuk and the Marshall Islands are faced with severely under-performing public schools and a teaching force that is poorly trained.

The pilot project is planned for an 18-month period, and UNESCO is spending about 100,000 US dollars for the work.