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298 Fijians undergo sustainable training in Bau

A total of two hundred ninety-eight Fijians went through a training program carried out on the island of Bau in Tailevu last week. This latest development was made possible through the Government’s sustainable livelihood program, in partnership with Fiji National University (FNU). The training included different areas which were basic carpentry, joinery, child and elderly […]

Peni Shute

June 26, 2016 9:39 am

A total of two hundred ninety-eight Fijians went through a training program carried out on the island of Bau in Tailevu last week.

Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta at the graduation ceremony for the trainees of Sustainable Livelihood on the Bau Island in Tailevu. (DEPTFO)
Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta at the graduation ceremony for the trainees of Sustainable Livelihood on the Bau Island in Tailevu. (DEPTFO)

This latest development was made possible through the Government’s sustainable livelihood program, in partnership with Fiji National University (FNU).

The training included different areas which were basic carpentry, joinery, child and elderly care, cookery, pastry, tailoring, commercial floriculture, stove construction, wooden house construction and home technology repair to name a few.

To mark the completion of this training program, the participants were recognised through the presentation of certificates by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta.

In his address, Dr Koroivueta said the program has emanated from the Government’s vision of enhancing opportunities for self-sufficiency and economic prosperity. He said this initiative is also aligned with the Ministry’s Welfare to Workfare Program.

KOROIVUETA: “It’s truly an extraordinary program that benefits the whole community, it’s designed to meet the needs of rural communities, it empowers women, men, youths to boost their skills to accomplish their maximum potential. It’s the key to advancing their entrepreneurial capacities to excel into income generating and micro-enterprising.”

Dr Koroivueta said that the government has opened many doors through the Micro and Small Business Grant Scheme and as such there are many opportunities for these trainees to reach out to and start their own businesses and develop themselves as successful entrepreneurs.

The graduate class of basic carpentry while receiving their certificates after the completion of 2 weeks training attained through the Sustainable Livelihood program conducted on the Bau Island in Tailevu. (DEPTFO)
The graduate class of basic carpentry while receiving their certificates after the completion of 2 weeks training attained through the Sustainable Livelihood program conducted on the Bau Island in Tailevu. (DEPTFO)

Speaking on behalf of FNU, Acting Director Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Dr. Isimeli Tagicakiverata described the program as a great incentive for trainees to venture into higher education.

TAGICAKIVERATA: “The beauty about this program, it motivates young people to pursue higher education. They can begin with the certificate by attending this training and further their studies at TVET FNU. We are very grateful to the Fijian Government for funding this innovative program.  There is no limitation, anybody as young as 15 years and old as 70 years can come and join this program, which has been running since 2012.”

Dr. Tagicakiverata said the feedback received shows that the program has positive impacts on livelihood and that more than 95 percent of the trainees are making use of their skills and have ventured into small businesses and economic activities.

TAGICAKIVERATA: “All together for the tikina of Bau, there are 660 people graduating in 15 different skills through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, it’s totally free for anyone and fully funded by the Fijian Government.”

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