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Fiji National University TVET Pasifika’s free short course graduation ceremony held at the TVET Centre at Robertson Road in Suva. Picture: FIJI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Every Fijian deserves to have equal and affordable access to formal education.

This was highlighted by the Education Minister, Aseri Radrodro at the Fiji National University’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Pasifika’ s free short course graduation last week.

The students graduated with certificates in domestic electrical installation, basic screen printing, basic cookery, small engine repair and household and sanitary plumbing certificates.

“I convey my sincere congratulations to all the 149 graduates on their achievements and I believe that the week-long training that just concluded is a testament that every Fijian deserves to have equal and affordable access to formal education,” he said in a Ministry of Education statement.

He highlighted that Fiji’s socio-economic backgrounds should not deter them from dreaming and be given an opportunity to receive formal training and education. He expressed that it contributes to the overall economic development of the nation, developing their leadership skills, entrepreneurial skills and helps reduce social issues.

“I look forward to future collaborations between the university and the Ministry as we forge ahead in highlighting the importance of TVET and its contributions to families, societies and the nation,” he said.

“I am also adamant that FNU in future will not only provide training such as this initiative but be able to work closely with companies and organisations to provide job markets for the youths and individuals that have completed the basic skills training.”

Basic cookery short course graduate, Keleni Baubau Taria, according to an FNU statement looks forward to utilising the new cooking skills she acquired during the five days training.

The 18-year-old who cooks as a hobby said the short course allowed her to learn different types of food.

“After I complete my studies, I wish to find a job with this certificate and further my studies in this field,” she said. FNU acting vice-chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba said TVET courses are a beacon of hope and a pathway to a better future.

“They provide individuals with practical skills and knowledge, enabling them to secure stable employment and improve their quality of life.”

She said the university is not just providing education but are breaking the cycle of poverty and are transforming lives by offering free TVET courses to marginalised communities.

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