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OISCA Fiji Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Organisation for Industrial, Spiritual, Cultural, and Advancement (OISCA) Fiji marked its 25th Jubilee celebration at the Youth Training Centre in Nasau, Sigatoka last week. The celebration commemorated OISCA’s 25th
11 Oct 2015 10:25
OISCA Fiji Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Organisation for Industrial, Spiritual, Cultural, and Advancement (OISCA) Fiji marked its 25th Jubilee celebration at the Youth Training Centre in Nasau, Sigatoka last week.

The celebration commemorated OISCA’s 25th year of existence in Fiji. OISCA International was established in 1961 in Tokyo, Japan. The Fijian programme is a joint partnership between Government and OISCA, which was formalised through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed in April, 1995 for five years and renewed in 1996 for another five years. The last review was in 2012.

The celebration was opened by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou.

Mr Tuitubou said the partnership over the years saw the training of about 1000 young people from around Fiji.

“Many a number have established themselves as prominent members of our nation. In our numerous monitoring programmes, we gathered that OISCA trainees have developed themselves as active members of society,” Mr Tuitubou said.

He said some are commercial farmers and have been recognised in their contribution when they became recipients of various national awards.

“We have seen youths taking the lead role in the development of villages and taking the steps to reaching out to other youths who needed assistance.”

Meanwhile, OISCA Fiji Ex-Trainees Association (OFETA)rep and managing director of Tours Managers Fiji Limited, Damend Goundar, said the focus of OISCA training remained on organic farming techniques to young aspiring farmers although there were other components that they had ventured into.

He said apart from its training programmes, OISCA has expanded to having an environment component which covered mangrove planting and the Coral Restoration Project.

“These two programmes, like the training programme, have been a huge success. The Coral Restoration Programme started in 1997 and now OISCA has 13 project sites in the Nadroga/Navosa Province and seven in Serua, nine in Ra and one in Tailevu,” Mr Goundar said.

He said there was also the Mangrove Planting Programme which was introduced in 1995 to  villages, communities and schools to rehabilitate coastal shorelines that were exposed to storm and erosion.

“To date 121,056 mangrove trees have been planted on an area of 100 acres. OISCA has nine project sites in the Nadroga/ Navosa province, six in Serua. Two in Tailevu, 13 in Ra, three in Ba and one in Lau which is funded by the TOKIO MARINE Insurance Company in Japan,” Mr Goundar said.

He said there was also the Children Forest Programme, an activity that promoted awareness in environmental issues through tree planting in schools which started in 1992.

“An estimated number of trees planted so far are 800,000 trees and 57 schools are currently participating in the programme.”

He said since 1990 the centre had seen over 20 resident representative of OISCA who were all expatriates

Secretary-General of OISCA-International, Yasuaki Nagaishi hopes the continuous support and collaboration from the Ministry of Youth and Sports likewise other stakeholders.

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