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11.1 The Strategic Goals of Government

The National Vision of the Cook Islands is :

"To enjoy the highest quality of life consistent with the aspirations of our people, and in harmony with our culture and environment."

To attain this vision Government has identified three Outcomes :

Social Progress is typified as :

"A nation of strong, healthy, well educated and caring citizens where there are greater opportunities for individual and community growth. A community that is committed to improving its social infrastructure, the delivery of public services and the care and management of the environment."

Strategic Result Areas have been identified to achieve all three outcomes. The education aligned Strategic Result Area is :

"A community that will achieve a higher quality of life by providing greater opportunities for increasing individual and community self reliance and growth in physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual wellbeing."

The Ministry of Education has identified 5 Sectoral Goals to achieve its Strategic Result Area :


Sources : "Budget Policy Statement 1999/2000", Cook Islands Government, March 1999

"Draft Education 1999/2000 Budget", Ministry of Education, June 1999

11.2 The Way Forward

The Cook Islands Party is the majority member of the present coalition Government. "The Way Forward" for education and human resource development is stated in the Party’s 1999 manifesto. The following is a summary of these policies.

The significant inputs made into education during the 1990s and the commitment of the government and people to social progress, provide a sound foundation for the future development of educational opportunities for all Cook Islanders.






Ken Matheson

Director of Planning and Finance

Cook Islands Ministry of Education


September 1999



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File, Rongo. Punanga Tauturu Inc
Goodwin, Maureen. Language Curriculum Adviser, Ministry of Education
Lamb, Jane. Cook Islands Learning Disability Program
Maeva, Vereara. CIANGO President
Matenga, Jeane. General Manager, Radio Cook Islands
Maui, Pare. Social Science Curriculum Adviser, Ministry of Education
Noovao, Theresa. HTTC Training Coordinator, Ministry of Tourism and Transport
Ponia, Eric. Secretary of Education, Ministry of Education
Rattle, Niki, Secretary General, Cook Islands Red Cross Inc
Sadaraka, Lisa. Manager, Small Business Enterprise Centre Ltd
Solomona, Sabati. Senior Planning and Policy Officer, Ministry of Agriculture
Sword, Alex. Editor, Cook Islands News
Tamarua Herman, Neti. Director for Women, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Internal Affairs
Tamarua, Dr Teariki. Secretary of Health, Ministry of Health
Taripo, Arthur. Policy Analyst, Public Service Commission
Temata, Carmen. Secretary of Cultural Development, Ministry of Cultural Development
Topa-Apera, Francis. Training Program Coordinator, Public Service Commission
Tuakeu-Lyndsay, Io. Director, Environment Service
Tuavera, Snr Sgt Jane. Community Policing Coordinator, Cook Islands Police
Vaiimene, Gillian. Senior Curriculum Adviser / Director of Operations, Ministry of Education
Walker, Paddy. Te Araanga Adviser / PPSEAWA member



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