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USP partners with Community Learning & Information Centres (CLIC)

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The community in Molituva village pose with the five new computers and educational material at their Community Learning and Information Centres (CLIC). Standing fourth from right is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate.

The University of the South Pacific’s Teacher Educational Resource & E-Learning Centre (TEREC) in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) donated 10 computers and educational books to Community Learning and Information Centres (CLIC) in Molituva village, Kuku, Tailevu and Kasavu in Naitasiri on May 29.

This was done in collaboration with the USP Library and Library Services of Fiji.

The Dean of FALE, Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate who also went with the team to the two communities said that “Regional & Community Engagement is one of the key areas in USP’s Strategic Plan (2013-2014).”

“USP is now taking education right into the heart of the community through the establishment of the Community Learning and Information Centres. The major goal is to promote Lifelong education and encourage youths and adults to read and to learn from educational videos loaded into the computers on various topics,” Dr. Kedrayate said.

In addition, there will be workshops organised by the coordinators of each centre on Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Health, Parents’ Education and Climate Change etc.

“The Centre can also be used to run remedial work in subject areas for primary, secondary and even tertiary students. We want to create and encourage a learning society which would lead to a knowledge economy, emphasised by both by Fiji and USP,” Dr. Kedrayate added.

“I hope that through this CLIC, the communities can take ownership and also see it as a pathway towards other learning opportunities,” she said.

“There are many youths in the villages who have reached form six and seven but because of low examination marks they cannot continue their education in tertiary institutions. We hope that the learning needs of these cohorts of students can also be accommodated at the centre,” Dr. Kedrayate said.

“One of the major aims of this programme is to set up Pilot Community Learning and Information Centres (CLIC) in Fiji’s provinces and work with communities who are keen and interested with the concept,” said Ian Thompson, the coordinator of TEREC.

Other objectives of the programme include:

• Train the community leaders to operate, manage, monitor and, evaluate and sustain CLIC;
• Seek funding for the pilot project;
• Develop partnership with relevant Ministries and Organisations;
• Plan and develop long term strategies for expanding CLIC; and
• Consult and in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

The other CLICs that will soon be having new computers and books include the villages of Rewasau in Naitasiri and Nativi and Mataveikai in the Ra province.
 


This news item was published on 30 May 2014 04:34:29 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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