Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate.
Dean, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education.
Doctor of Philosophy - University of New England, Australia.
Dr Akanisi Kedrayate served as Head of School of Humanities from 2002 - 2005. She taught at various primary and secondary schools in Fiji and worked at the Ministry of Education for seven years. Her professional and research interests are in Community Education, Non-formal and Adult Education, Leadership, Gender and Education, Curriculum Issues and Development.
Apart from her management and administrative work as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, she also teaches. She co-ordinates the programme in Non-Formal/Adult and Community Education but also teaches other courses in B.Ed Secondary. In the B.Ed Primary, she co-ordinates and teaches Social Science at the 200 and 300 levels. She also supervises post-graduate students and examines thesis.
She has travelled extensively in the Pacific region as well as other countries to attend and present papers at regional and international conferences, seminars and also facilitate leadership, gender and non-formal, adult education workshops.
Dr Kedrayate's consultancy work has included working with the Fiji Government in the training of social workers on community development skills. She has conducted training workshops for trainers in the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and Fiji. She has worked with ILO in the Evaluation of the Married Couple's Course at the Marist Training Centre in Tutu, Taveuni. Also in collaboration with ILO and Tuvalu Government, she has conducted a national workshop for women on income generation within the context of community development. She has also worked with the University of PNG to facilitate a national workshop for the formulation of curriculum for non-formal/adult and community education. Dr Kedrayate has collaborated with the Asian-South Pacific Cooperative Centre in Sydney in conducting training in community development skills for co-operative and fisheries officers from the Pacific Region.
She also did a consultancy with Asian and Development Bank on a Leadership Project. She recently undertook a consultancy with AusAid on the Accreditation of the Lautoka Teachers College Diploma Programme and Early Childhood Education.
Dr Kedrayate also serves on various committees at USP including Senior Management, the Senate and the Council. She is also a member of various national and regional organizations. To name a few in 1999 when the Fiji Constitution Offices Commission was first instituted, she was appointed as its interim chair. She served in this capacity of 10 months and thereafter served on until 2003. She was member of the Education Forum from 2003 – 2008, Presidents of Fiji Association of Women Graduates from 2002 - 2007, President of the Fiji Girl Guides Association from 2005 - 2008, Chairperson of the Fiji's National Reconciliation and Unity Committee in 2003 - 2006, Chairperson of the Public Rental Board in 2004 - 2006, member of the Interim Legal Services Commission in 2000. She also took the positions of Vice Presidents to Fiji Association of Non-Formal Education in 1988 – 1990 and Vice President to the National Council of Women of Fiji from 1988 – 1983. From 1981 – 1983 served on the board of Executive Board of International Community Education Association for 2 years (the only woman on the Board).