New action plan and additional resources to strengthen learning support

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Minister Martin also announced additional funding of $29.6 million over four years, to respond to population and demand growth for learning support.

The Action Plan sets out six priority areas for the period 2019-25. These are the priorities that will make the biggest improvements to learning support, from early learning through to the end of secondary school:

  • introduce the first tranche of Learning Support Coordinators in schools and kura
  • develop new screening tools to strengthen the early identification of learning support needs
  • strengthen early intervention
  • design and implement a flexible set of services and supports for neurodiverse children and young people
  • better meet the learning needs of gifted children and young people
  • improve education for children and young people at risk of disengaging.

The Action Plan builds on the new approach to providing learning support that is being implemented across New Zealand following significant consultation. The new Learning Support Coordinators will play a key role from next year.

Learning support action plan – Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga website

Minister Martin's announcement – Beehive website

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Decisions on reforming vocational education

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The new system will have a stronger focus on employers, delivering the skills they need, providing more support for their employees, and ensuring greater consistency in vocational education across the country. Longer term, this will increase the number of employers who are engaged in vocational education.

Learners will receive more support while they are training, and vocational education that is more relevant to work. They will be able to move more easily between regions and between work-based and provider-based training, and will be able to continue training more easily if their employment situation changes.

Work-integrated learning will become an increasingly important part of the vocational education system, giving people the opportunity and flexibility to earn while they learn and gain an education that is more directly relevant to the changing needs of the workplace.

A unified vocational education system will bring together industry and educators to make sure New Zealand’s workforce is fit for today’s needs and tomorrow’s expectations. 

Read more about the Reform of Vocational Education pages on the Kōrero Mātauranga website including:

  • Summary of change decisions
  • Information sheets for learners, stakeholders and employers
  • Papers and briefings that relate to the Reform of Vocational Education
  • FAQs

Reform of Vocational Education - Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation Website

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Reform of Vocational Education mailbox: 

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K-P education ministry to bring five-year plan - The Express Tribune

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K-P education ministry to bring five-year plan  The Express Tribune

PESHAWAR: In order to bring about a revolutionary change and improvement in the education system. In this context the Ministry of Education of Department of ...

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Ministry of Education rolls out Tertiary Education Policy - GhanaWeb

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Ministry of Education rolls out Tertiary Education Policy  GhanaWeb

The Ministry of Education has rolled out the new Tertiary Education Policy (TEP) which spells out what it calls 'the ultimate structure, planning, development, ...

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South Africa hosts ADEA High-Level Annual Policy Dialogue Forum on Secondary Education in Africa

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25th July 2019, Abidjan/Johannesburg - The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Ministry of Basic Education of South Africa in partnership with Mastercard Foundation will host the first-ever ADEA High-Level Annual Policy Dialogue Forum on Secondary Education in Africa from 29th to 30th July 2019, at the Emperor Palace Hotel, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Forum will provide an opportunity to review and discuss the findings and recommendations of the Mastercard Foundation report, Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work

Over the next few decades, young Africans will play a critical role in the social and economic development of the continent. Africa is currently the youngest continent in the world and will continue to be for the next several decades. By 2100, almost half of the world’s young people will be African. The continent’s efforts to educate its youth will have vast implications for its economic development, stability and prosperity. Africa can seize the opportunity offered by the demographic shift by investing in human capital development, particularly at the secondary education level in which youth gain the skills and knowledge needed to be productive citizens. 

To this end, each year ADEA will organize a High-Level Annual Policy Dialogue Forum in order to bring together key stakeholders to showcase, share and discuss comprehensive and innovative education and training models and programs that aim at developing the leadership, skills and equipping the youth with the necessary knowledge, tools and know-how for employability or job creation. 

The main theme of the first ADEAHigh-Level Annual Policy Dialogue Forum is Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work.” 

Albert Nsengiyumva, Executive Secretary of ADEA said: “We all need to look at how to move from research to implementation, shape policy change in secondary education and embed the findings and recommendations in country level priorities and practices.” 

Kimberley Kerr, Director of Regional Programs at Mastercard Foundation commented further: “Secondary education is and will continue to be an important platform for young people to secure or create their own work.  We look forward to a productive dialogue on how we can all ensure young people are prepared for the future.“

The Minister of Basic Education in South Africa, Mrs. Angie Motshekga, said that the current debates on our continent were influenced by the need to tackle Africa’s glaring inequalities and the legacy of colonialism.

In his inaugural 2018 State of the Nation Address, the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa emphasized the need to harness technological change to advance radical socio-economic transformation.

“The schooling system therefore, needs to make optimal use of emerging technologies to strengthen teaching and learning, but also needs to consider how learners can be better prepared for technological change in society, and to help bring about radical socio-economic transformation,” Minister Motshekga said.

The Forumwill therefore bring together Ministers responsible for education, youth, and labour from across the African continent, academics, policy-makers, high-level representatives from development cooperation partners, the private sector, civil society, teachers and parents associations, youth organizations and the media. This key event will provide all the participants with an opportunity to reflect on, design and implement innovative models required in secondary education in Africa to better equip teachers and prepare students for the future of work. Key themes will include: fostering relevant knowledge and skills; financing for equity, teacher motivation, teaching and learning, and digital secondary education for 21st century skills, and so forth.

For more information and media enquiries, please contact:

  • Elijah Mhlanga, Chief Director: Media Liaison – National and Provincial Communication,
    Department of Basic Education, T. (+27) 012 357 3773 – M. (+27) 083 580 8275|
  • Stefano De Cupis, Senior Communications Officer, ADEA, T. (+225) 20 26 42 61 |
  • James Deacon, Account Director, Djembe Consultants, T. (+233) 55 433 4778 | point for Mastercard Foundation)

About ADEA

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is a forum for policy dialogue. It is a partnership bringing together African policymakers in charge of education, science and technology; development cooperation partners; researchers and education technical experts. ADEA contributes to the empowerment of African countries to develop quality education and training systems that respond to the countries' emergent needs and drive social and economic transformation sustainably.

About Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. The Foundation’s work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion for people living in poverty. One of the largest foundations in the world, it works almost exclusively in Africa. It was created in 2006 by Mastercard International and operates independently under the governance of its own Board of Directors. The Foundation is based in Toronto, Canada. For more information and to sign up for the Foundation’s newsletter, please visit Follow the Foundation at @MastercardFdn on Twitter.

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UN-Cameroon, Cameroon Government Hold Side Event on Education Reforms

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They cited a new education strategy aligned with SDG 4 (quality education). Speakers noted that poor effectiveness and low retention impede ...
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Somalia: Stakeholders meet to jointly review education sector progress in Somalia

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Source: European Commission Country: Somalia

Mogadishu, Monday, 8th July 2019 – Today, education stakeholders gather in Mogadishu to discuss the progress in the education sector as well as challenges and plans from improving access to quality education and training for Somali children and youth. The two-day workshop brings together federal and state education authorities, donors, implementing partners, civil society and private sector representatives as well as school communities.

This is the fifth comprehensive education sector review organized under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education. The review also aims to assess the progress made towards the implementation of the Education Sector Strategic Plan 2018 to 2020. The plan articulates critical education needs of the country including system development. It serves as the basis of alignment of donor support to the sector.

“Development of our country hinges on the provision of quality education to the population. Our government is committed to ensuring good quality education services reach all Somali children and youth wherever they are, thereby allowing them realize their fullest potential. We extend our gratitude to the Somali people whose resilience enabled schools to run in a challenging context" says Abdullahi Godah Bare, the Federal Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education.

"The education sector in Somalia has evolved over the years with children attending school more than doubling over the last decade; increased number of schools under direct management of the government; administration of common secondary examinations, roll-out of national curriculum among other gains" says EU Ambassador Nicolas Berlanga Martinez. As the donor community, we assure you of our continued support to the education sector. We are well aware the role education plays in poverty alleviation, social inclusion and gender equality.


The EU support to the education sector in Somalia follows a Sector Wide Approach (SWAP), addressing priorities articulated by the education authorities in their strategic plans. Current support worth 60 million Euros is mainly targeted at strengthening education systems for the delivery of good-quality education. These interventions promote the provision of primary and secondary education, higher education, enhancing the capacity of teaching staff and education administrations, curriculum implementation and holding centralised examinations. In addition, the EU supports payment of teacher salaries through country systems. The EU also contributes to the Global Partnership for Education which has significant investments in Somalia.

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HRD Ministry releases 5-yr vision plan 'EQUIP'

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The department of higher education of the HRD Ministry on Friday finalised and released a five-year vision plan 'Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP)'.
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Refonder l'orientation : un enjeu État-régions - Rapport

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Pascal Charvet, IGEN honoraire, a remis le rapport "Refonder l'orientation : un enjeu État-régions", écrit en collaboration avec Michel Lugnier, IGEN, et Didier Lacroix, IGAENR, à Jean-Michel Blanquer, le mardi 25 juin 2019.

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How is the UK helping achieve Sustainable DevelopmentGoal 4 on education globally? @bondngo’s new report provides gaps and recommendations for the UK across all 17 #SDGs ➡️

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Ex-minister harps on importance of quality education

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former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, on Thursday said quality and relevant education were necessary for transformation of a country.
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