Children from the school
As the 2012 school year closed and the 2013 year began, the GVI Education team can now reflect on the progress and achievements made during the first full academic year completed at Ratu Meli Memorial School (RMMS).
Throughout this academic year there have been several key developments in the Education Program which have resulted in positive changes at RMMS. Literacy levels have improved across the whole school and international volunteers have helped foster new enthusiasm for reading, boosting the confidence of the pupils. The one-on-one tuition program now provides ongoing support to pupils with learning difficulties and over the last year has ensured that 26 pupils are no longer as far behind their peers. School environment improvements, including a new computer lab, have created a more stimulating learning environment for the pupils and a number of health initiatives have improved nutrition, sanitation and the availability of fresh water.
In order to successfully develop and improve the education program at RMMS in 2013, GVI asked the class teachers and headmaster to complete a questionnaire and participate in feedback sessions with GVI staff. The teachers’ response was extremely positive, particularly with respect to the increased confidence they have observed in their pupils when speaking English. All the teachers described how the additional support offered by GVI appointed class volunteers has alleviated the pressure of their workload and broadened the experience of the students. In addition, the teachers highlighted the impact the one-on-one program has had on the slow learners and that they would not normally have sufficient time to provide individual support to students who are furthest behind in their classes. All of the teachers articulated their thanks for GVI’s contribution to the school’s infrastructure with the improvements to the toilet block, library and classrooms.
Overall it has been a successful year for the GVI Education Program. The relationship between GVI and RMMS is cemented and has proven to be productive. Pupils, teachers and volunteers have responded positively and with enthusiasm to the teaching assistance program delivered. GVI Fiji is dedicated to providing long-term support and despite the successes of this year, there is still work to be done at RMMS. The Education Program will continue to evolve next year, building on the achievements of 2012 and working towards a new set of objectives to continue enriching the education provided at RMMS.
In collaboration with the RMMS community, GVI have established a set of core objectives that will shape the program in 2013
- Maintaining a strong relationship with the school and new headmaster, increasing collaborative planning between the school and GVI.
- Continued improvement of all existing initiatives including reading programmes, IT programmes and one-on-one support scheme
- Introducing an extra-curricular program to deliver a more holistic education program at RMMS. Giving the pupils the opportunity to develop new skills in drama, music and arts & crafts.
- Incorporating the new Classroom-Based Assessment system introduced into the daily GVI program.
- Supporting ‘professional development schemes’ by providing teacher training workshops in collaboration with other local schools, including a basic computer-training program.
- Continuing to increase the use of visual aids used at RMMS to make lessons more stimulating for pupils
- Implementation of International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance Blue School Initiative
- Water and sanitation improvements, including additional RWH systems and compost toilets in time for the next dry season
- Waste management plan
- Health and Hygiene, Environmental Protection and Peace and Tolerance awareness lessons
- Expanding Nutritional Improvement Program, using the framework for ‘Nutriton-Friendly Schools’ developed by the World Health Organisation.
- Fundraising through the Charitable trust and localized schemes to make ongoing improvements to the school environment