About Us

The world will never realise 100 percent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realise their full potential. When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Statistics from the United Nation’s GEM Report (2018) show that of the world’s countries, only:

1 %
have achieved gender parity in access to primary education
1 %
have achieved gender parity access to lower secondary education
1 %
have achieved gender parity access to upper secondary education.

Gender disparities in access to education are overwhelmingly associated with low income (developing) countries.

Mission

The mission of Esther Education Foundation is to support the education of
women and girls in low-income countries who otherwise face adversity and
lack opportunities to access education as a result of their gender.

Vision

Our vision is to close the gender gap in access to education, particularly in
low-income countries where gender is a significant factor in determining outcomes associated with education.

Principles

  1. To actively seek ways to improve access to education for women and girls in low-income countries.

  2. To assist women and girls in achieving their education aspirations when they otherwise face discrimination and adversity because of their gender.
     
  3. To advocate for and promote the rights and dignity of all women and girls.

Our Team

Esther Education Foundation is an Australian Company Limited by Guarantee. There are three directors of the company and a number of members who are local to both Australia and Solomon Islands.

Dr Mellita Jones

Dr Mellita Jones is the Deputy Head of Education Victoria at Australian
Catholic University. She has been working in Education in the Solomon
Islands since 2010. Mellita is the founder and one of the directors of Esther Education Foundation.

Dr Caroline Smith

Dr Caroline Smith is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Tasmania. She has been associated with Education in the Solomon Islands since 2006. Caroline is one of the directors of Esther Education Foundation.

Sr Sesilia Sala FMA

Sr Sesilia is a Salesian sister appointed in the role of Director of Catholic
Communications for the Arch Diocese of Honiara, Solomon Islands. She has been working in Education in the Solomon Islands since 2010. Sr Sesilia was instrumental in supporting Esther on her journey to becoming teacher. She is one of the directors of Esther Education Foundation.