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Champagnat Students Hope to Earn During Open Day

  More than a hundred students of Marist Champagnat Institute in Vatuwaqa yesterday displayed their talents and skills with the hope to sell their creations, during their open day. MCI
14 Jul 2017 11:00
Champagnat Students Hope to Earn During Open Day
Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Margaret Twomey (left), and Brother Fergus Garrett, take a look at some of the students’ handicraft displayed on July 13, 2017. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan

 

More than a hundred students of Marist Champagnat Institute in Vatuwaqa yesterday displayed their talents and skills with the hope to sell their creations, during their open day.

MCI accommodates school leavers at  Year Eight level who are unable to be enrolled into a secondary school in Suva and nearby vicinity.

Brother Kees Weert mentioned preference was given to those from special schools, with learning disabilities and or those who have never been to school, or may have dropped out early.

He added that the school programme began with a two year basic educational course emphasising on self confidence and self worth, and overcoming learning disabilities through learning to learn programmes.

Moreover Brother Weert said much time was spent on practical subjects that lead to income generating projects.

“Sales of tailoring, woodwork, craft work and farm produce make up a significant proportion of our income,” Brother Weert said.

Brother Weert said students also benefitted from these sales with 60 per cent of their sales deposited into their personal accounts.

“Each student has their own bank account, they will use that money when they leave school,” he said.

“This is followed by two further years of specific job-training in vocational courses, with students choosing between Office Skills, Technical Skills (engineering, small engine repair, carpentry and joinery), Tailoring and Catering, and Agriculture (including meat chicken and egg production).

“There is also a one year certificate course in Child Care and Home Management now in its 12th year. This programme was the first full time course.”

For this year 121 students, are enrolled into MCI with another 14 enrolled in the Child Care Programme. Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey, who was the chief guest, commended parents on their ongoing support to their children in their studies in building their confidence. She said this would help them fight the stigma against people with disabilities and to succeed in life.

She encouraged all the students to aspire to achieve the career of their dreams and to never lose hope or give up on their journey towards it.

She added education at MCI was a great opportunity for them to reach their destiny.

“I truly believe that education has the power to change lives for the better, to foster communities that are more inclusive and give children with disabilities or who are disadvantaged the opportunity to equality and success,” said Ms Twomey.

The Australians has a special relationship with MCI as they had constructed the building now housing the new woodwork room and kitchen. MCI is founded by St Marcellin Champagnat of which the Marist Brothers continue their call to teach the needy and deprived children.

It is registered with the Ministry of Education as a Vocational School.

Edited by Karalaiani Waqanidrola

Feedback: lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj

 



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