Close to 500 participants recently graduated from the Fiji National University’s (FNU), Sustainable Livelihood Project (SLP) in Ba last week.
Administered by the National Training Productivity Centre’s (NTPC), Community Based Non-Formal Education Department (CBNFE), the trainings were conducted in partnership with the Fiji Government’s Ministry of Finance.
NTPC Director and Chief Guest at the ceremony, Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata, commended the community members for their interest in learning new skills during the two-week programme.
“Congratulations to you all. You have now joined more than 31, 000 people around Fiji who have graduated from the programme and attained lifelong and relevant skills,” Dr Tagicakiverata said.
“I encourage all the graduates to fully utilise the skills learnt in ways which would enable you to be more productive in your communities and the nation.”
“I also acknowledge and thank the Government for its continuous support in funding the programme since 2012.”
“It is positive to also witness the support of the Province of Ba in the implementation of the training in Nailaga Village and the Tikina of Nailaga.”
The graduation ceremony was also attended by communities from the seven villages in the District of Nailaga.
The SLP projects aims to empower communities in Fiji to be self-sufficient in various technical and vocational skills, encourage graduates to utilise their skills attained to establish Small and Micro Businesses in the village setting, equip graduates to find employment in the urban areas to reduce dependency and to prepare participants for further studies at tertiary institutions.
The course distribution of participants who graduated from the ceremony last week is as follows: