Participants of the inaugural Pacific Technical and Further Education (PacTAFE) cohort in Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Malampa Sub-Centre hosted the inaugural Pacific Technical and Further Education (PacTAFE) cohort in Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care outside of Port Vila.
The Language course is a prerequisite for entry into the Early Childhood programme proper, a five-course programme, which had its first cohort in Port Vila in 2018.
A total of 68 teachers attended the three week course, 34 of whom were Francophone Kindy teachers. The participants came from North, Central and Southeast of Malekula Island.
Mr Kalwajin Skepha, the Secretary General of Malampa Province, officially opened the three-week programme and acknowledged that human resource development was one of the priorities of the province.
“I will make every effort to work closely with USP and other training providers to build human capacity in the province,” he said.
Mr Brownly Suvwa, the Coordinator of PacTAFE programmes, confirmed that PacTAFE is committed to go out into rural areas to help upskill citizens who are hardworking field-based kindergarten teachers, as there is a need to better equip those that contribute to the HR of the country.
“PacTAFE will continue to organise more cohorts in November and December this year in Tanna, North Pentecost, South West Bay on Malekula and Craig Cove on Ambrym.
The Early Childhood and Care programme offers certificates from Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma (Level 5), qualifications that are accredited internationally.
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