Education

7 volunteer teachers off to Tuvalu and Nauru

Seven volunteer teachers yesterday received their airline tickets from Government to begin teaching at Nauru and Tuvalu. The teachers received their air tickets from the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Hon. Semi Koroilavesau. Fiji has sufficient and proven capacity in areas of education, public administration, disaster management, peacekeeping, social protection and environment. We […]

Peni Shute

January 28, 2016 9:17 am

Seven volunteer teachers yesterday received their airline tickets from Government to begin teaching at Nauru and Tuvalu.

The teachers received their air tickets from the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Hon. Semi Koroilavesau.

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Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Hon. Semi Koroilavesau speaking to the media during the presentation. Photo: Peni Shute / Newswire

Fiji has sufficient and proven capacity in areas of education, public administration, disaster management, peacekeeping, social protection and environment. We would like to share our skills with our Pacific neighbours as part of our engaging with the Pacific commitment. Both the Governments of Nauru and Tuvalu greatly acknowledge the work of the Fijian volunteers and have requested for more. Fiji is committed to assisting those who request for our help as we have strong links in areas of trade, investment, education, transportation, culture and people.

Out of seven teachers, two will be departing to work in Nauru while the remaining will go to Tuvalu.

You have shown your desire to share your knowledge, experiences and teaching skills. You are not going to leave behind your families and the comfort of your homes to serve in a country that needs your service. When you reach your respective schools, Fiji wants you to be good ambassadors and go that extra mile to help in the education needs for Nauru and Tuvalu.

Koroilavesau said that this was a joint initiative by both the Nauru and Tuvalu government.

The scheme came about when Prime Minister Bainimarama he introduced it in 2012, basically, he wanted volunteer teachers that wanted to continue to teach and there were discussions with the countries in the Pacific that needed teachers, because we have a pool of active retired teachers that fitted in well and an agreement was made and that initiative was joined by Tuvalu in 2014.

Valeria Bainivanua will be flying across to Tuvalu for the second time to facilitate the secondary school level of teaching. She said she was happy to go back to teach in Tuvalu.

Sitted are Valeria Bainivanua, Emosi Kurusasa, Makereta Radiniceva, and Paulo Dulunaqio during the presentation of their air tickets. PHOTO: Peni Shute
Sitting are Valeria Bainivanua, Emosi Kurusasa, Makereta Radiniceva, and Paulo Dulunaqio during the presentation of their air tickets at Suvavou House in Suva.
PHOTO: Peni Shute

Actually, this is scheme is better for me since being the youngest one in the team, I feel good and I am excited about this. I have been teaching in Tuvalu for the past 3 years as a contracted teacher, and I really did my best seeking advice from the education officers in Tuvalu as well as the volunteer people here in Fiji in trying to go under the scheme if I’ll be given a chance to go back. So this year I managed to get through the scheme and I am so happy.

The 32-year-old English teacher said working in Tuvalu as a teacher is no easy task, and if their food ration runs out, they have to turn to seafood mainly fish.

Education wise I can say it is a little bit behind compared to Fiji, it’s very changeling, the environment, the students themselves, the facilities we have, the resources we have, and the weather and the food that’s one thing that’s very, very challenging.

Some teachers will depart this weekend, and the remaining will leave next week.

The government of Tuvalu will pay the teachers fortnightly, whereas Fiji provides a monthly package.

Also, in attendance at the presentation was the Tuvaluan High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Mr Paulson Panapa.

The Fiji Volunteer Service began in 2012 with Fiji providing assistance to Pacific Island countries in the building of capacity in human resources.

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