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Volunteering Is Free Services Provided To Benefit Others: Daunabuna

Volunteering Is Free Services Provided To Benefit Others: Daunabuna
December 08
11:00 2017

Voluteerism has to do with services provided for no financial gain to benefit another person, group or organisation and in turn allows for the development of skills while contributing to improved human quality of life.

The Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Salaseini Daunabuna made the statement as Chief Guest at the commemoration of the International Volunteer Day and the International Civil Society Week at the University of the South Pacific this week.

“To be a volunteer is to make a powerful, selfless contribution to the community as one of the first responders in a natural disaster and trained professionals carrying out services in medicine, education and emergency rescue,” Ms Daunabuna said.

Speaking on the topic “Big Ocean States – Fijian Volunteers in the Pacific” Ms Daunabuna said Government through the National Employment Centre (NEC) of the Employment Ministry had been providing volunteers to the Pacific region sharing their wealth of knowledge, skills and experience in the field of nursing and teaching.

“The centre provides opportunities for graduates to be exposed to the work environment and retirees as volunteers to share their skills and knowledge within the region,” she said.

“The regional component of the programme is part of Fiji’s development cooperation efforts to assist its island neighbours by facilitating their development needs through the enhancement of human resource capabilities.

“Since the inception of the Fiji Volunteer Service in 2012 under the NEC, a total of four regional countries namely Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Nauru and the Republic of Marshall Islands have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the placement of volunteer teachers at primary and secondary level and also volunteer nurses under the medical services.

“A total of 49 regional volunteers are currently engaged under this programme where 38 are volunteer teachers and 11 are volunteer nurses.

“Government has been receiving positive feedback from these regional countries in terms of the increase in the passing rate of the school where our volunteer teachers are teaching in and also on the number of patients who wished to be examined by volunteer nurses rather than the local nurses and also the confidence of expecting mothers to deliver at Princess Margaret Hospital in Tuvalu rather than travelling to Fiji which was the case previously.

“The Government recognizes the significant contribution our volunteers have made and envisage to expand our reach to beyond the regional frontiers and to share our skills with our Pacific neighbours as part of our “Engaging with the Pacific” commitment.”

Ms Daunabuna highlighted that the Fijian Government was committed to assist those who requested help as Fiji had strong links in areas of trade, investment, education, transportation, culture and people to people relationships and contacts.

Source: DEPTFO News

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