Solomon Islands School Receives Technology Upgrade

South Pacific Division

Solomon Islands School Receives Technology Upgrade

The school improvement project was launched and dedicated by retired pastor Lawrence Tanabose, former general secretary for the South Pacific Division.

Media | Solomon Islands | Record Staff

Professional development for teachers at a Solomon Islands school has been significantly enhanced with the installation of internet technology.

Tagibangara Adventist Primary School, in northeast Choiseul, has benefited from a Si$200,000 (approx. US$24,000) school improvement project, launched on May 4, 2023. The project includes the installation of a VSAT satellite internet dish, powered by a solar {panel?}. Internet and wireless services are now provided using a Ubiquiti Dream Router (UDR), while a 42-inch smart TV and a webcam have also been installed.

The school improvement project was launched and dedicated by retired pastor Lawrence Tanabose, a former general secretary for the South Pacific Division. It was a moving experience for all teachers, students, and local communities to watch the launch of the project via Zoom, with Mere Vaihola, Trans Pacific Union Mission Education director, thanking Tagibangara communities for their “commendable teamwork.” One of the teachers expressed her sincere thanks to the project’s donors with tears of joy for such a worthwhile, timely initiative.

Online professional development is now available for the teachers. (Photo: Adventist Record)
Online professional development is now available for the teachers. (Photo: Adventist Record)

The installation of the technology follows a school needs assessment conducted in January, which identified key priority areas for improvement, including the need for professional development to promote quality teaching and learning. Committed Adventist educators, the Northeast Choiseul Constituency, and local Tagibangara communities worked together over the past three months towards the implementation of the school improvement project.

Under the leadership of Dr. Elisapesi Manson, a consultant for Adventist schools, the project aims to provide a series of online professional development workshops on effective teaching practices for rural contexts, online resources to promote Adventist ethos in student learning, and digital support with training providers in the region such as Fulton Adventist University College.

The initiative is part of the Trans Pacific Union Mission’s Quality Adventist Schools Framework (QASF), which is aimed at promoting Adventist identity and ethos. Rural schools such as Tagibangara have faced significant challenges to implement QASF due to increasing numbers of untrained teachers, limited access to teaching and learning resources, poor financial support, lack of effective communication and collaboration, and limited professional development opportunities.

The original version of this story was posted on the Adventist Record website.