Evaluation of New Zealand Aid Programme support to the Curriculum Development Division of the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development (Solomon Islands)

School curriculum Schools Community development Foreign aid New Zealand Solomon Islands

This evaluation of the support provided to the Curriculum Development Division (CDD) is intended to inform future funding decisions to assist the CDD. It assesses how effectively and efficiently the support has delivered on its expected achievements, and how relevant the support is to improve access to, and the quality of, basic education in Solomon Islands. The evaluation was informed by a literature review, a review of project management documentation, observations of classrooms, and informant interviews with key stakeholders. The support provided by the Technical Advisers was used by the Director and some staff in the CDD, contributing to the development of the 32 contracted materials as well as an additional 8 curriculum materials. However, the provision of support presented on-going challenges for both the CDD and UniQuest. The support provided cost-effective assistance by using short-term advisors, allowing for a range of expertise across subject areas from 2010 to 2014, and the implemented processes were somewhat inefficient. The materials reflect the overall effectiveness of the support, and contain a range of activities and content necessary for students to achieve the intended learning outcomes. The materials are also relevant and useful; they encourage teachers to align practice to learner-focused and outcomes-based education. However, teachers would require necessary content, theoretical and pedagogical knowledge to be effective teachers and use the materials to their fullest extent. The evaluation recommends that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) modify the support provided to the CDD, and with the help of CDD, identify the support that has the greatest likelihood to improve access to quality education in Solomon Islands. The evaluation also recommends that MFAT identify and ensure that any arrangements encourage an efficient delivery, and effective and sustainable results as a condition of funding.

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