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Barefoot Centre Planned

A milestone project plan is in progress by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to build Fiji’s Barefoot Regional Centre in the Northern Division. Minister Rosy Akbar met
15 May 2015 07:40
Barefoot	 Centre Planned
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, and the Ministry team while meeting up with Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere (middle) to discuss the way forward in constructing Fiji’s Barefoot Regional Centre in the North. Photo: Maika Tauribau

A milestone project plan is in progress by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to build Fiji’s Barefoot Regional Centre in the Northern Division.

Minister Rosy Akbar met with Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere and Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea to discuss the way forward for the project.

During a recent tour to the North Ms Akbar, Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta and director women Arieta Moceica held discussions with the two senior officials in the North.

Ms Akbar said: “The Ministry has received a positive response from the Tui Macuata and Commission Northern in terms of negotiation for land where the facility will be developed.

“We are also liaising with the government of India and Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India, to look at the way forward in establishing a Barefoot Regional Centre in the North.

“A lot of work has to be done and acquiring the land is the first step for the ministry,” the Minister said.

“Through this facility rural women will be equipped with solar electrification skills and this would provide solutions for rural and maritime communities that don’t have electricity.

“And the best part is installation work will be done by women solar engineers and once the centre is established all other training programmes will fall into place,” she said.

The minister explained there were plans by the ministry to visit India later in the year to further discuss the development of the Regional Barefoot Centre.

The new centre once constructed will be instrumental in providing training and employment opportunities for many women and youths in Fiji.

Fiji’s 10 solar grandmothers who had been trained from the Barefoot College in India will be the first trainers at the new Regional Barefoot Centre.

Fiji’s Barefoot Regional Centre is expected to house the solar electrification training and accommodation facilities.

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