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298 Graduate In Bau

298 Graduate In Bau
The graduate class of basic carpentry who received their certificates after the completion of two weeks training attained through the Sustainable Livelihood programme. Photo: Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation
June 22
09:35 2016

New pathways for sustainable livelihood development have been crafted for 298 people on Bau Island in Tailevu.

This was after they had two weeks practical skills training in areas of basic carpentry, joinery, child and elderly care, cookery, pastry, tailoring, commercial floriculture, stove construction, wooden house construction and home technology repair and more.

This has been made possible through Government’s sustainable livelihood programme, in partnership with Fiji National University (FNU).

During a graduation ceremony held on Bau, last week, 298 trainees were recognised through the presentation of certificates.

The certificates were presented by the Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta.

In his official address, Dr Koroivueta said the programme has emanated from Government’s vision on enhancing opportunities for self-sufficiency and economic prosperity.

“It’s truly an extraordinary programme 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 enterpreniual capacities to excel into income generating and micro-enterprising.

“The Fijian Government has opened many doors through the Micro and Small Business Grant Scheme. 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 chiefs of Bau tikina and Fiji National University have been commended by Dr Koroivueta for their commitment and support for this programme.

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

“The beauty about this programme, 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 programme.

Source: Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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