Mrs. Ruci Nadavolana Delai Kididromo works in the Ministry of Education and is responsible for coordinating all administrative matters regarding the development of early childhood education in Fiji.
Not surprisingly, she was also one of the first students to successfully study for her Pacific Preschool Teachers Certificate, now called the Certificate in Early Childhood Education, when it was first offered through Continuing Education at USP in 1982.
Timoci Waibalavu Leawere
Timoci Waibalavu Leawere used to spend his days at work as a guide to tourists but today he makes jewellery from shells at Deuba beach close to his home.
Do not be mistaken, he is still employed at the Arts Village at Deuba but after he attended a training workshop led by some of the most gifted craftspeople in the country, Timoci has become a walking advertisement to what happens if you continue life-long learning processes.
Nalini Kumar said the CECE has helped her improve not only as a teacher, but also as a mother. Meet Nalini Kumar, an Early Childhood Education teacher from Nadi who believes that ECE is not just about getting the skills to get a job.
Employed by the Methodist Church of Fijiís Nadi Branch, Mrs Kumar is herself the mother of two children. She teaches at the Votualevu Kindergarten, just outside of Nadi town and she completed the Pacific Pre-school Teachers Certificate in 1998.
Douglas Kafoa is only 20 years old. Whilst studying at Dudley High School, this native of Juju in Rotuma was an avid sportsperson and he excelled in Rugby and Volleyball. He is now at the second stage of studying towards a Community Workers Certificate and has become ambitious to the point where he wants to be the best Rotuman social worker.
The middle child of 6 children, Douglas said he was not always good at "learning from the books" so the hands on approach of visiting the community to assess social problems, which is a part of the CWC, has taught him a lot. "I wanted to continue to study after high school so I could proceed to higher things and gain some skills," Douglas said.