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Peace Corps Works With Education Ministry

Peace Corps (PC) volunteers have been called the movers and shakers in the communities and schools, who genuinely care about capacity building. Northern divisional education officer Rajesh Chand made this
23 Mar 2017 14:16
Peace Corps Works With Education Ministry
From left: Peace Corps volunteers Hanan Allen, Tevin Jones and Belen Carriedo at the supervisors conference at Friendly North Inn in Labasa yesterday. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Peace Corps (PC) volunteers have been called the movers and shakers in the communities and schools, who genuinely care about capacity building.

Northern divisional education officer Rajesh Chand made this statement during the opening of the two-day Peace Corps supervisors conference at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa yesterday.

“Thank you for working together with the Ministry of Education, teachers, students and communities to achieve the desired goals, quality education for change, peace and progress,” Mr Chand said.

“Despite the extreme challenges that you are currently facing, you have continued to be co-operative.

“I know some of the volunteers are staying in the villages and school quarters.

“PC Fiji recognises capacity building as the foundation of fulfilling ongoing educational needs,” he said.

“Hence, the Ministry of Education will continue to invite PC volunteers to assist us.”

Peace Corps Fiji country director Dennis McMahon said the purpose of the conference was to help set the relationship the volunteers can have with the headteachers, principals and the school while they are serving two years.

“Although volunteers come with little knowledge about Fiji, they have the willingness to learn, understand and share their experiences and skills which they had in United States education system,” Mr McMahon said.

“They have already shared some success stories while they have been working in their respective schools.

“Some of the volunteers are already well versed with the local languages which helps them a lot while delivering their service to the community.

“These volunteers are currently helping young people to develop not just their mind, but also body and attitudes towards how they address life.”

Peace Corps programme manager Josefa Ceinaturaga, in his presentation, said since 1968 over 2420 PC volunteers have been coming to Fiji.

A school community member, Nau Vuki, who is currently working with Peace Corps volunteer Zacharg Tsath, at Uluivalili College in Cakaudrove province shared her experience during the conference.

“It is easy to work with Peace Corps volunteers who are always available to share their experience with teachers and students,” Ms Vuki said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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