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Former lawmaker wants community involvement in educational-development plan

FORMER Rep. Felicidad Ogumoro said the CNMI’s educational-development plan should reflect the participation of the entire community and not one department.

In the 19th Legislature, she introduced House Resolution 19-10 which calls for the creation of a comprehensive, long-term educational plan for the CNMI.

Felicidad Ogumoro

In September, Northern Marianas College, the Public School System, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, the CNMI Department of Labor, the CNMI Scholarship Office, training institutions and various stakeholders held a three-day education summit on the local educational landscape.

“There is a need to get all the different agencies to come together and develop a product that is going to include everybody,” Ogumoro said. “We need to come together and be on the same page when it comes to education. Everyone has to agree when it comes to a comprehensive educational plan. It is not the product of just one department but our community product.”

Ogumoro said she was grateful that educators and other stakeholders are considering a comprehensive education plan for the CNMI.

“It is important that we get the input of community members before we finalize this plan. We already have all kinds of plans. I think what we need to do now is to sit down and take a second look at what  we really want our comprehensive educational development plan to look like — one that incorporates our values as a community and our priorities.”

She said one summit is not enough. “I am hoping there will be more discussions to gather all the input and ideas. I don’t expect to accomplish everything in just one round. We should have several rounds of discussions to come up with a plan that is truly reflective of what it is that we want for our educational system.”

In an earlier interview, interim NMC President Frankie Eliptico said the education summit in September focused on the following key issues: identifying occupational and career trends, training for preparedness, and building economic and educational opportunities.

“This is the beginning of the creation of the comprehensive plan called for by our leaders. There will be follow up discussions that will further refine and streamline ideas and suggestions,” he added.