SINU, MEHRD host international education conference


THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), has officially opened the first ever International Education Conference yesterday.

The conference themed “Rethinking Solomon Islands Education for a Sustainable Future”, brought together visionaries, educators, researchers, and changemakers to share innovative strategies, research finding, and practical solutions to reshape the education system for a sustainable future.

The opening ceremony at Panatina Campus drew significant participation from students, educators, and stakeholders.

Over two days, the conference will feature panel discussions, Paper presentations from local and international academics. Themes include the education curriculum, indigenous culture, language, professional development, inclusivity and access to education and partnership with local communities for a sustainable future. 

Delivering the opening remarks, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities, Dr Patricia Rodie spoke on the essence of hosting the conference.  

“This conference seeks to address the challenges faced by the current education system and explore ways to safeguard the sustainable future through quality education. I hope through the papers we will present during the course of these two days; we will be able to rethink some of the current practices in our education system and work together to address them” she said.

Officially opening the conference, MEHRD Minister, Tozen Leokana said “The timing of this conference is critical in the context of our country and the development challenge we currently face and the ability to optimize opportunities that education can provide especially in the need for more skills and for thinking workforce required by the private and public sectors and industries”

Furthermore, SINU Vice Chancellor, Professor Transform Aqorau emphasized that the country is at the “pivotal crossroad” of its history in which it must rethink its education system to meet the demands of the evolving globe.

Plans to host the conference initially begun in 2022 but was postponed due to the Covid19 Pandemic and the use of SINU Campus for the PG2023.

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