Over 400 Teachers Receive Training under the Ministry of Education So’ofau Program

The Soofau is based on Study Tools for educators and a new teaching approach. A  student-centred approach is strengthened and the methods of self-determinism and independent study are encouraged.

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The Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) continues to conduct training for teachers as part of the Memorandum of Understanding between MEC and the Applied Scholastic International (ASI) Institute of Higher Education in Missouri.

Ten MEC staff had attended a two week course at ASI and returned to develop a new design of the training programme now being implemented.

The new design is called the “Soofau” (connect the fibre and the fibre).

The analogy used accentuates the importance of continuing and sustaining quality education.

It focuses on implementing student-focused quality education – including training and professional development for the teachers and streamlining learning processes in the classroom.

The Soofau is based on Study Tools for educators and a new teaching approach. A  student-centred approach is strengthened and the methods of self-determinism and independent study are encouraged.

The Soofau program started on the last week of April in Upolu and completed on the first week of May in Savaii.

The last two weeks of the Soofau program reached 400 primary and secondary teachers from the 7 clusters selected for the training.

While MEC continues the Soofau program, another cohort of teachers and staff will have the opportunity to travel to ASI for the same course.

“The main goal is to equip our teachers for the appropriate and relevant tools to improve the teaching and learning processes in the classrooms,” states a press release.