BY ELLISON.T. VAHI.
THE proposal for a new rural training centre could lead to an upgrade of the Global Harvest School in east Honiara.
This was highlighted by Pastor John Hugo of Global Harvest School.
Speaking during the official handover of a newly built six room double storey building classroom for the school at Gilbert Camp, Pr Hugo says this could be seen as a dream but he would like to pose it as a challenge for stakeholders to envisage such development aspects to cater for everyone, whether in the formal or informal education sector.
He said with the presence of key SINU and MEHRD figures, this could someday pave way for new developments in education within the vicinity or even within the bounds of Global Harvest School itself.
He believed that such dreams when coupled with similar visions as that of the Japanese Government could really enhance the Human Resource development aspirations of Solomon Islands in the years to come.
With such aspirations Hugo said once established, vocational education and training (VET) will aim at creating opportunities for productive employment and providing access to adequately paid work, which enable people to lead a self-determined life.
“It also helps to implement the right to work.”
He also stated that education is also seen by most as a major catalyst.
Thus, a focussed and coherent vocational education and training policy can make a significant contribution to gender equity and job creation as well as to health and environmental improvements.
He adds, for some years now, there has been renewed interest in secondary and tertiary education.
“This demand results from the outcomes of primary education, which has placed heavier pressure on secondary educational systems, because a growing number of primary school-leavers are entering the labour market directly or need further training.
“The steady growth of the informal sector is also coming to the attention of international education-policy debate.”