Education Sponsorship Programme

Published: 22.10.2012. in category: News, Projects

Access to quality education is an ongoing problem for children in the Solomon Islands. The country suffers from an acute shortage of qualified teachers, overcrowded classrooms and limited learning resources. These factors affect the entire education sector and are exacerbated by weak school administration and ineffective community engagement. Education is not compulsory, and many schools charge fees. About 60% of the adult population is estimated to be literate. 

The Solomon Islands education system consists of the following stages: Early Childhood Education (ECE) for ages 3–5, Primary Education for ages 6–11 (Years 1–6), Secondary Education for ages 12–18 (Forms 1–7); and Higher Education for adults over the age of 18. As elsewhere in the Pacific, these age limits are approximate.

Language policy is another cause of concern. The language of instruction in all Solomon Island schools is English, although only a small proportion of the population in rural areas or on remote islands is competent in this language.


Primary Education Sponsorship

Primary education is free, school attendance is not compulsory, with the result that only 60% of students attend primary school. Still only  the costs of uniforms, bus fares and textbooks can be a significant barrier for many to attend school. Full year cost for one child in Primary Education is 50€ that includes uniforms, family contribution and textbooks. Half of all primary teachers in the Solomon Islands are unqualified or uncertified. Less than half the schools in the country provide safe drinking water and have adequate sanitation.


Secondary Education Sponsorship

Secondary school entry is also highly competitive. Places are allocated on the basis of performance in end of year examinations, with fewer and fewer places available at each level of secondary schooling. In consequence, very few students are able to complete the full seven years of secondary study.

Even for these students, outcomes are often poor. The education system suffers from a lack of qualified teachers, overcrowded classrooms, poor facilities, a shortage of basic teaching materials and an inadequate supply of textbooks. Annual school fees, the costs of uniforms, bus fares and textbooks are a significant barrier to participation in secondary education by the children of poor families.


  Peer student
Annual €60 440 HRK
Monthly €5 36,5 HRK
Total €60 440 HRK