More than 40 school principals in TAFEA Province are currently attending a Gender Voices for Dignity training to expand their knowledge about the importance of human dignity, gender equality and human relationships in school settings.

The four-week training, is being delivered by the Pacific Theological College, and is coordinated by the Presbyterian Church Education Authority (PCVEA). It started on 14 August 2023 and it will end on 8 September 2023.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), the Gender Voices for Dignity training is part of the Diploma in Mission Studies which addresses human dignity and gender equality from a biblical-theological perspective; gender, church, structures and systems affecting human relationships; gender and changing roles in society; and community organizing and advocacy for change.

“It is a component of the full diploma program for Vanuatu principals that includes the Leadership and Management certificate, a social analysis course, and the Gender Voices for Dignity Certificate,” the MoET stated.

TAFEA Provincial Education Officer, Mr. Jean-Yves Kapalu, stated that he was grateful for the partnership between TAFEA Provincial Education Office, the MoET, and the Australian Government-supported Vanuatu Education Support Program (VESP).

“Thanks to this cooperation, TAFEA school principals can develop their skills and knowledge to improve school management and inclusive education,” Mr. Kapalu said.

The diploma program and leadership courses are part of the MoET’s overall professional training schedule for 2024 to 2026 aimed at developing the capacity of teachers.

The Director of Education Services, Mrs. Nanise Lapi, said, “Once endorsed, the 2024 to 2026 training schedule will guide the training efforts of the MoET.

The Ministry recognises the importance of principals’ leadership to improve Vanuatu education in terms of management but also access and quality”.

The MoET, communities, schools across Vanuatu and development partners are committed to delivering the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal and improving access, quality and management of Vanuatu education.