Education

10k people graduate under FNU’s sustainable livelihood project so far

Through the Fiji National University’s ‘Sustainable Livelihood Project’ over 10,000 people have graduated. This has enabled all Fijians not having to leave their homes to access quality education. The Sustainable Livelihood Project allows Fijians living in rural communities to learn carpentry, caring for the elderly, cooking, tailoring, plumbing, screen printing and front office management. This […]

Salote Qalubau

August 6, 2016 1:58 pm

Through the Fiji National University’s ‘Sustainable Livelihood Project’ over 10,000 people have graduated. This has enabled all Fijians not having to leave their homes to access quality education.

The Fiji National University Professor Nigel Healey, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with graduates from the Sustainable Livelihood Project. (Fijian Government)
The Fiji National University Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (Centre) with graduates from the Sustainable Livelihood Project in Vutia, Rewa yesterday. (DEPTFO)

The Sustainable Livelihood Project allows Fijians living in rural communities to learn carpentry, caring for the elderly, cooking, tailoring, plumbing, screen printing and front office management.

This was stressed by the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while officiating as Chief Guest at the graduation ceremony in Muanaira Village, Vutia District, Rewa yesterday.

A total of 500 people graduated yesterday from the program.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Before education and training was something that you had to go out to the town area or the city area to get some form of training  but we believe that education and training should be brought to you, we believe that every Fijian must be empowered, must be given that access to have that training and education so you can do something for yourselves.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also told the graduates that their hard earned achievements is something that could not be taken away from them.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “It is through your hard work that you are getting that certificate. If you educated, if you have a qualification nobody can take it away from you because its in your hands, so education and training is something that is very personal so we must cherish it.”

He said that the Fijian Government was funding the Fiji National University’s TVET program every year with a total of $45million in order to achieve its prime target in educating as many Fijians as possible and in addition to this 18 technical colleges have been set up around the country to cater for working students opting to take up short courses

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “A two-week course in boat building and learning how to bake cakes, make a coffin goes a long way. It helps you to get into your own business, it helps you to find a lot more employment easily  it also empowers you to be able to work together with your community  to do many projects perhaps you have not done before.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said learning was an ongoing process that would reward  those who pursued it regardless of age.

Meanwhile, another 700 people from Noco, Rewa graduated.

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