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Talks for Nadave centre to become tertiary institution

Talks for Nadave centre to become tertiary institution
Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua with former students of CATD during the launch of the Nadave Alumni Association at Nadave, Tailevu on June 23, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
June 25
14:03 2018

Talks are underway to upgrade Nadave Centre for Appropriate Technology and Development (CATD) to become a tertiary institution.

CATD board of governors chairperson and Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua said it was time.

According to its website, CATD is registered as a Charitable Trust Organisation.

Mr Katonitabua was speaking at the launch of the Nadave Alumni Association at the centre in Tailevu on Saturday.

He said this upgrade was possible through the support of the association teachers and board members.

CATD director Savenaca Kaunisela said upgrading Nadave was not difficult.

“From where we are now the next level is to upgrade CATD to Institute of Appropriate Technology and Development (IATD),” he said.

He said CATD had the staff for the upgrade.

Saturday was the first meeting for former students.

And Mr Katonitabua said former Nadave students were helping the community they lived in.

He said during the ministry’s roadshow in Ra, Kadavu and Cakaudrove, former Nadave students were present and displayed their trade.

CATD manager corporate Viniana Balenakorodawa said there was a lot of potential at Nadave.

She spent 23 years at the Ministry of Forests and said started at the centre last year.

“The courses at CATD are automotive engineering, plumbing and sheet metals, welding and fabrication and carpentry and joinery,” Ms Balenakorodawa said.

She said it also provided the skills of business management where a three-month course was available.

Losena Duiseva from Mali, Macuata has completed her three-month there.

She said she has reaped the benefits having attended this year’s Fiji National Women’s Expo and earned more than $1000 at the three-day event.

“I helped my mother in weaving mats and other traditional items,” Ms Duiseva said.

When she returns to Mali, she hopes to operate a canteen and apply the skills she learned from the centre.

Luke Ekineta from Sawana, Bua graduated at CATD last year and now works as a welder with the Ministry of Works.

He said he would work for a while and enroll at the Fiji National University (FNU) to further his studies.

Maciu Divavesiseru, 21, who hails from Moturiki is working as a welder with a company at Walu Bay.

He graduated from CATD last year.

Mr Divavesiseru said courses at CATD prepared students to work in the industry.

About the centre

Established in 1980 at Wailada, Lami by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) of Germany before finally to Government represented by the Ministry of Fijian Affairs now Ministry of iTaukei Affairs.

The centre moved to its present location at Nadave, Bau, Tailevu in 1985.

The centre was administered as a project by the HSF from 1980 to 1994 when it was finally handed over to Government.

The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs has since 1985 been responsible for funding to the centre as well as its operation.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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