ECEC cohort participants with USP Pacific TAFE ECEC Assistant facilitator Alelia Nagatalevu (middle) in a group photo taken earlier during the delivery of the cohort.
Twenty six (26) students who were part of the inaugural maritime Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) cohort in Kadavu earlier this year.
Students that were part of this cohort have since progressed well as a few have been able to find employment at ECEC Centres in Kadavu.
Ms Miriama Vuase, a participant of the ECEC cohort stated, “I am very thankful for the wonderful and great opportunity provided by Pacific TAFE in organising this cohort in Kadavu. This is the first time training of this sort had been conducted in Kadavu and I am grateful to Pacific TAFE for reaching us the unreached.”
She further stated that she has been able to use the learnings and find employment at Drue Village Primary School in Sanima, Kadavu.
“I have been able to find employment at our village school in Sanima,” she said.
“The ECEC components learnt have proven very essential in my day to day work – I have been able to interact and engage with students more effectively and efficiently.”
Ruth Valentino from Buliya Ono, Kadavu also shared similar sentiments.
“I learnt a lot from the cohort delivered earlier this year – I wish there would be more planned refreshers or similar courses arranged by Pacific TAFE in the future,” she said.
“It has taught me many techniques that can be used as an ECEC facilitator for instance make observations, enhancing my listening and speaking skills. I would like to thank USP, Pacific TAFE for bringing this course to Kadavu – I am truly blessed to have been a participant.”
Meanwhile, the Roko Tui Kadavu, Mr. Kitione Raibevu said “I would sincerely like to acknowledge USP Pacific TAFE in being consistent in addressing one of our greatest needs,” he said. “At the Kadavu Provincial Council meeting we identified education and human development and training ad a priority area in the province.”
He further stressed he was proud of the students that were pioneering such training in Kadavu and considered themselves blessed to have USP Pacific TAFE bring such qualification to their shores.
USP, Pacific TAFE Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hasmukh Lal said, “USP strives to make quality programmes to be accessible to far flung islands in its member countries. As a regional human resource development agency, the aim is always to be inclusive and reaching out to educate Pacific Islanders for collective goods and success. I thank my ECE Team in making this cohort possible and successful.”
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