The National Social Renaissance Plan of Action-Education


 This relates to the education and upbringing of our children and youths. It has to be noted that the activities are geared towards the continuous improvement of the education system as well as interventions targeting specific categories of children.

One of the leading goals is to create responsible and empowered students. This will be done through the following:

• Strengthen the implementation of the Pastoral Care System
• Make accessible to all students and their parents the school’s Code of Conduct in a language they can understand (Done)
• Sensitise school personnel on the CRC
• Review the Whole-School Behaviour Management Policy and schools’ Code of Conduct
• Improve the management process of transition of primary and secondary school students
• Implement a Citizenship Education curriculum from primary to post-secondary
• Enhance the PSE curriculum
• Review and enhance the spiritual/religious education programme
• Establish the roles of different agencies in the rehabilitation of students with severe behavioural problems.

Another important area of focus is to provide a support system for the behaviourally challenged. It is well known that there are children with special needs who are exhibiting anti-social behaviour in school. Such students with disciplinary problem are often suspended but there is no mechanism in place to cater for them outside the school system. A proposal for an established institution is being developed by the ministries of Education and of Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports to ensure the proper programmes and services are put in place as well as the infrastructure to reform these students so they can be re-integrated at a later stage in the school system.

Additionally, a programme to train all school counsellors is on-going and the aim is to ensure that students receive the right support, advice and guidance at school. The school is the best place to identify students who are at risk and it is important that we have the qualified personnel in our schools to intervene at an early stage with the right programmes.

Ensuring quality education means ensuring that the education system is providing the future workers for the Seychelles economy. Strengthening the implementation of careers education and guidance programme is an important strategy that has been developed to include among other things, a review of approaches used for teaching and learning careers education, organising a network for PSE/Careers teachers and the monitoring and implementation of the PSE/Careers Programme.

Working with parents has been identified as an important goal to establish greater rapport between schools, homes and the community. Measures towards this end has already started since last year through the strengthening of the functions of the School Councils and building stronger communication links between the Parents Teachers Association and other parents.

Other goals in the Plan of Action are as follows:
• Ensuring safety and security in all educational institutions by erecting boundary walls or chain-linked fences in all establishments where necessary.
• The appointment of Attendance Officers to ensure children of compulsory school age are attending school
• Provide for diversity of educational needs and national development priorities by reforming the structure and curriculum of secondary schools to better meet the needs of students and by implementing the Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programme. This programme started last year.
• Providing opportunities for learners to enhance skills in ICT and for students, teachers and other stakeholders to use ICT effectively, ethically and safely. At the moment, a manual of procedures for the use of ICT (including the internet) facilities in all educational institutions is being developed. A proposal for the introduction of an ICT Fair is also being considered.

Education is an important component of the social renaissance that is being promoted in the Seychelles. It has been pointed out in the national dialogue that the aim of education is not just about teaching children to read, write and count but to empower children to be strong individuals capable of making informed decisions. The Ministry of Education has been one of the strongest partners of the Social Renaissance initiative. It has provided support in many instances and is leading a number of activities to ensure a better service to our children.

It is recognised however and has been pointed out that the ministry on its own cannot achieve the success we want to see. We all have a stake in improving our schools, in offering better support to our teachers and taking a keen interest in our community. Parents are key partners in this process and if we are to achieve the goals outlined above, we have to see our schools as not just a place where we send our children to during the day but the centre of our communities that we have to nurture and support.
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