Caption: Deputy Secretary Professional, Mrs Kelera Taloga and one of the selected monitors, Mr Nemani Drova.
The Ministry of Education Fiji and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme jointly conducted training for 34 retired teachers who will carry out a Monitoring Exercise of the Fiji Financial Education (FinED Fiji) project. The monitoring exercise commences this week.
Monitors will be working in teams of three to four members and will be dispersed to the nine education districts to visit a sample of schools around the country. Deputy Secretary Professional of the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Kelera Taloga, impressed upon the retired teachers the importance of using their years of experience while conducting the exercise.
Monitors will be conducting interviews in schools in order to better understand the implementation experience in these schools after FinED Fiji was rolled out nationally in April this year. The national rollout came after national teacher training held by the Ministry of Education over the period 2012 to 2013. The nationwide implementation means that 197,000 students around the country are now learning about personal money management and investment from Class 1 to Form 6. FinED Fiji does not entail the teaching of a separate subject in the classroom or additional lessons, rather it will involve teaching and learning in existing subjects over a child’s twelve year learning journey in school.
Mrs Taloga said Financial Education was a critical initiative that the Ministry has embarked on and the monitoring exercise to be carried out over the month of November was an important step in the implementation process.