Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Officer, Ms Frances Revo has been presented with the prestigious Australia Awards Ed Smith Memorial Prize as part of her Australia Award to study a Masters Degree in Education Policy at an Australian University.

Ms Revo was presented with the Prize by Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne in Honiara last week, after she was selected as the top candidate from a field of over 500 scholarship applicants.

The Prize honours the life and work of Edward Smith, an Australian High Commission officer who passed away while serving in the Solomon Islands in August 2014.

The Prize is given to one outstanding Solomon Islands Australia Award recipient each year to assist them to participate in extra-curricular activities to develop their leadership and professional skills in the fields of education, fisheries or agriculture.

High Commissioner Byrne congratulated Ms Revo on her selection for the Award, wishing her well for her studies in Australia.

‘Ms Revo has an impressive record of professionalism and commitment to ensuring Solomon Islands’ education system benefits all Solomon Islanders. I’m sure she will make a great contribution to this country on her return from studies.’

‘Like Ms Revo, our late friend and colleague Ed Smith was passionate about education. Ms Revo is a fitting recipient of this Prize’.

Ms Revo joins 38 other Australia Awards recipients from the Solomon Islands who will commence studies throughout Australia and the Pacific Region in 2017.

Press Release: Australian High Commission