Push for comprehensive and visionary approach to education

BY INDY MAEALASIA

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Transform Aqorau, has pushed for a “comprehensive and visionary approach to education” to tackle climate change, Health crisis, and economic sustainability.  

He echoed this during the official opening of the International Education Conference on Wednesday.

“We must develop curricula that instill environmental stewardship and climate resilience, promote health and wellness, and foster economic empowerment,” Aqorau said.

Highlighting climate change impacts, including rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and environmental degradation that continues to affect local communities, Aqorau emphasized the importance of climate education.

“The necessity for education to include climate literacy and sustainable practices cannot be overstated,” he said. “Our education system must equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change.”.

Aqorau envisioned this approach to build “a generation of environmentally conscious citizens who are prepared to lead and innovate in the face of ecological challenges.”.

Addressing the health crisis, particularly the alarming high rate of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Aqorau stressed the importance of health education.

“By educating students on the importance of physical and mental health, nutrition, and preventive healthcare, we can promote healthier lifestyles and foster a more resilient population,” he said.

In regards to economic sustainability, Aqorau acknowledged the contributions of the logging, fisheries, and agriculture sectors to national revenue and employment. However, he cautioned that dependence on these sectors may not bring forth “long-term growth and resilience.”.

“To overcome these challenges,” Aqorau proposed that “our education system must evolve to equip students with a diverse array of skills that align with the demands of new and emerging industries.”

He further emphasized a shift in our educational priorities by integrating vocational training, technical education, and entrepreneurial skills into the curriculum.

“By fostering a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and practical skills, we can prepare our students to excel in fields ranging from renewable energy and information technology to tourism and the creative industries,” he added.

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