The Ministry of Education & Training marked another important milestone this year with a recent training of 35 Mobile Early Childhood Care & Education Officers (MEOs) from Torba, Penama, Sanma and Malampa on 5th – 9th November, at Luganville.
The overall objective of the week’s long training is for the MEOs to become familiar with a package outlining; specifically what are their roles and responsibilities as mobile officers in the field.
The MEO’s composed of ECCE teachers who will be looking after several ECCE Centres in their zone. It is the responsibility of the MOE’s to assess teachers work and giving support where needed.
In addition, they will also support teachers by working with the ECCE Committees, Parents and Communities by way of educational workshops and awareness.
National ECCE Coordinator Serah Vurabaravo stated, “Now that the Government is paying teachers’ salary and giving grant for the 4 & 5 year olds’, we expect to see an improvement in the Government 3 priorities – ACCESS, QUALITY and MANAGEMENT”.
The ECCE Centres will be assessed according to the respective indicators of the Minimum Quality Service Standards before they can be awarded with a Registration Certificate.
On Nov 12th -16th,2018 the MEOs from TAFEA and SHEFA will be meeting in Port Vila to do a similar training to equip them in their task as Mobile ECCE Officers. They will also be working very closely with the Schools Improvement Officers (SIOs).