The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture Samoa (M.E.S.C.) recently launched its Samoa Education Sector Research Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2020.
The plan was launched by the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.
Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission, Amanda Jewell, who is also a part of the Education Sector Advisory Committee (E.S.A.C.) attended. New Zealand High Commission’s Acting First Secretary, Pati Gagau was also present.
The action plan is designed to support training in posing research questions, data collection and presenting an answer to the questions.
It integrates the research agendas of the three implementing agencies – M.E.S.C., N.U.S. and the Samoa Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A).
The Action Plan was developed with the intention of building the capacity of local researchers.
“Australia supports key education programs and partnerships designed to improve education system performance, such as this action plan, where the improvement of collection, analysis, and use of education system information will aim to better inform decision making,” a statement from Australia’s High Commission said.