THE signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Fiji Volunteer Service Scheme (FVSS) will see 16 additional Fijian volunteer teachers serve in Tuvalu for the next two years.
The signing between Fiji’s Roving Ambassador and High Commissioner to Pacific Island Countries and Territories, Ms Litia Mawi and the Tuvalu High Commissioner, His Excellency Temate Melitiana was held in Suva today.
While delivering the opening remarks at the event, deputy secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Vilimone Baledrokadroka thanked the Government of Tuvalu for having faith and choosing to continue to partner with Fiji through the FVSS.
“Fourteen of our volunteer teachers are currently serving in Tuvalu, and we are geared to send 16 more next month to join their colleagues with the development assistance initiative in the education sector,” Mr Baledrokadroka said.
“We are pleased to note that there are Fijians already working in Pacific Island countries and are contributing positively towards enhancing the economic and social life of their host countries.”
High Commissioner Melitiana said the volunteer scheme was beneficial not only in terms of the education sector but also for cultural exchanges and friendship between the two countries.
“We have witnessed the positive impact of the programme in Tuvalu on the quality of education in our primary schools. I am encouraged to see positive results from this programme we started in 2014,” High Commissioner Melitiana said.
“The programme is further strengthened and we now see an increase in the number of Fijian volunteer teachers. The retired teachers, who are going to be recruited in Tuvalu are mostly former head teachers and certainly they will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise.”