ADB approves financing package to boost Solomon Islands’ education

Aerial view of Honiara, Solomon Islands

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday said it has approved a financing package of US$45.7 million to boost senior secondary education and climate resilience in the Solomon Islands.

“The Solomon Islands Senior Secondary Education Improvement Project will inject transformational changes into the school curriculum for levels 10-12, providing students with skills for continuous learning and boosting their prospects for future green and blue employment,” said ADB Senior Social Development Specialist Cindy Bryson.

The project includes a national professional development programme for teachers and principals, and a leadership and management programme for aspiring female educators.

The ADB said the project will update or construct facilities to meet climate-resilient standards at 10 schools, strengthen school-level management, and update procedures for reopening schools after disasters and during conflicts and pandemics. “The Solomon Islands is highly vulnerable to disasters and climate change,” said the ADB, stressing the need for the Pacific Island country to invest in adaptive and resilient human capital to reduce vulnerability and pave the way for a just and inclusive transition to a climate-resilient economy.