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USP student teachers receive First-Aid and CPR Training

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Final-year student teachers after being awarded their certificates.

Thirty-five (35) final year student teachers from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOE) at the Laucala Campus successfully completed an intensive training on First-Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

CPR is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest or in some circumstances, respiratory arrest. The training was organised by the School of Education and coordinated by the Fiji Red Cross Society.

Mr Riaz Khan, the representative from the Fiji Red Cross Society commended the students for taking the training seriously and stated that they are now well equipped to safely perform First-Aid and CPR procedures.

The Chief Guest at the occasion was Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mr Ioane Tiko who presented the Certificates to the student teachers.

The Head of the School of Education, Professor Govinda Lingam said the School was honoured to have Mr Tiko present the Certificates. “We are proud to have you on this occasion not only to present the Certificates but also for sharing with us your thoughts about education in Fiji so that staff in the School can also collaborate and contribute ideas towards further improving education afforded to the nation’s children,” Professor Lingam noted.

He further added that this is the first time the School has organised such an invaluable skill-focused training for its final year student teachers who will be graduating very soon and enter the world of work. Broad based education and training of teachers is necessary to ensure teachers contribute positively towards the manifold demands of work expected of them not only in the classroom and school domains but also in the community domain. “First-Aid and CPR training is really needed for all teachers as they are the only public servants who can easily reach out and help all communities during emergency as they serve in all geographical areas including remote settlements,” he stated.

Mr Tiko said this is the first time a group of student teachers from USP have undergone training on First Aid and CPR.

He congratulated the students and suggested that all future teachers in Fiji and elsewhere in the Pacific region should be prepared with First-Aid and CPR skills “for the demand in schools today is very much different from the days when we went to school”.

He said providing training to teachers to learn First Aid and CPR ‘means that one day you will give the gift of life to another human being’. “It may be the very vital moment or the last chance in life for someone who is struggling to survive,” he added.

“Many times when there is an accident such as a fall or an injury or even in a rugby match we often see a crowd standing around and no one knows what to do,” he further stated.

Mr Tiko advised the student teachers to take their training seriously and ensure that when the time comes to apply their skills, they are confident that they can help save another life.  

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