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Parliament is adjourned until Wednesday 31st October 2018.  

Parliamentary Strengthening Project

 

WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST 2018

An Australian volunteer, Ms Emma Wakeling is on a six months attachment with the National Parliament Civic Education Unit.

Ms Wakeling is here to support the Parliament Education Unit’s Objective 4 of the Departmental Annual Work plan 2018.

She will be focusing specifically on the final editing of the Teachers Resource Book, liaise with the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Division in ensuring that the Teachers Resource Book meets the Curriculum requirements, facilitate the launching of the Teachers Resource Book, develop a teacher training manual and facilitate a teacher training workshop.

Ms Wakeling graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in English and History at LaTrobe University in Victoria. She also graduated with Diploma in Education (Secondary) at the Australian Catholic University in Teaching methods, English, Humanities (SOSE) and Religious Education.

She previously served as the Head of Humanities Faculty at Loreto College Ballarat, Melbourne. She has a very wide experience in curriculum development and have worked in schools for more than 10 years.

Apart from her duties in the role as Head of Humanities at Loreto College, she also teaches Global Politics, Commerce, Sociology, Religious Education and Pastoral Care.

Ms Wakeling in an interview said that she had always been interested in the world around her and have a passion for politics, human rights, equality and justice.

Volunteering as a Curriculum Support Officer in the Parliament Civics Education Unit in the National Parliament of Solomon Islands is a practical way for her to act out these values while also experiencing another culture.

In the 6 months she hope to help the PCEU team publish their Teachers Resource book while also being able to get out and explore as much of the Solomon Islands as she can.

She has only been in Honiara for 3 weeks and have enjoyed exploring Central Market, the many Bale shops in town, practicing her Pidgin and have swum in the warm waters of Visale.

Just only a week role in at PCEU she already feels at ease and excited about the task at hand, she finds the staff very helpful and generous and looks forward to knowing them more. Her six months attachment with the National Parliament Civic department will lapse in January 2019.

TUESDAY 17TH JULY 2018

Speaker of Parliament – Mr Ajilon Nasiu responding on behalf of delegates to the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard - Speaker of NZ House of Representatives during the conference welcome reception.

The Speaker of Parliament Ajilon Nasiu presented a paper on Parliament self-development during the recent Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference (POCC) in early July 2018, Wellington, New Zealand.

The paper highlighted how the National Parliament of Solomon Islands had institutionalized ownership of its own development through the National Parliament strategic plan 2017 – 2021.

It focused on the internal processes setup to operationalize the strategy including challenges faced and lessons learnt.

“For me, one of my favorite aspects of our strategic process is the Management group meeting. The monthly meetings keep me informed on the activities happening at Parliament. This arrangement has brought together my Office, the Office of the Clerk and all departmental heads together on a monthly basis and I found these meetings meaningful, informative and strategic in its scope”, said Mr. Ajilon Nasiu.

Over 60 parliamentarians attended the one week conference, in which delegates presented conference papers on a range of topics including how parliaments can develop and change, the role of the Speaker; and security and stability.

Guest speakers at the conference included Former New Zealand (NZ) Prime Minister Rt. Hon Helen Clark, and Dr Gill Greer from the National Council of Women, NZ.

The annual conference is for Presiding Officers (Speakers) and Clerks from Parliaments from Australia and the Pacific region. The New Zealand House of Representatives hosted the 49th POCC from 8th to 13th July 2018. The National Parliament wishes to thank the Solomon Islands Government for enabling the Speaker and the Deputy Clerk to attend.

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