About CETC and SPC
Welcome to the Community Education Training Centre, your Pacific Centre specialising in targeted community development training and best practices to meet the unique needs of women, youth and community enterprises. It is also your home away from home for those of you who want to upgrade your community management and enterprise skills to enable you to be productively engaged in our increasingly competitive economies. Read More »
Welcome to the Community Education Training Centre, your home away from home.
The year 2011 marks CETC’s 48th year of service as one of the oldest regional programs serving the Community Development Sector in the Pacific region. Over the years, it has played a rare and valuable capacity building role as the only regional training institution delivering training on community development for women from the Pacific. Established in 1963, it has graduated over fifteen hundred women from most of the Pacific Island countries and territories.
The CETC mission as part of the new Division of Education, Training and Human Development (ETHD) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, is to be a regional Pacific Centre of Excellence in Community Development, offering flexible, relevant and responsive human development approaches and services to SPC’s members. As the human face of community development, CETC is about ‘developing communities’ as part of their social and human reconstruction and development.
The last five years have seen significant changes in CETC’s work programme, with its community development program undergoing major revisions following two reviews and a scoping study on its new role as part of the Human Developement Program of the SPC. The reforms in the course include a i) competency-based modular approach which has been piloted since 2008 and allows for different entry levels and completion times, and opportunities for specialisation in community development niche areas at higher certificate levels III and IV. The implementation of the latter has started with a specialization on ‘community development’ at Certificate Level III. The plan is to have specialized focus in other areas such as community nutrition and health, community agriculture and community livelihoods and enterprises in the medium to long term. The other part is the evolution of a new business advisory development program from the regional business training of trainers that CETC has commenced since 2005. The focus of this program is the graduates of the business trainers that CETC has trained whose work in their respective countries is to support microenterprises to grow by providing them with appropriate business advice and support. This program is a capacity building program which plans to provide knowledge and upskilling opportunities to these graduates and their agencies so as to assist microenterprises and small businesses grow. These two programs are the key focus of the Community Development Program of the CETC. In addition, CETC continues to manage information and networks to share best practices and approaches in community development for it s growing community of facilitators, trainers and enterprises. The goal is to ensure that it is a regional centre of excellence in community development best practices by offering training and capacity building products and services and that it reaches its key targets of women and those working in our Pacific communities.
The annual training programs that CETC runs are offered at regional level at its training centre in Narere, Nasinu, Fiji and now made available as modules to countries and agencies who are interested. For those of you attending or intending to attend the regional program, this is a unique opportunity to receive a truly ‘hands-on’ learning experience which is enriched by being part of a multi-cultural group of participants from diverse Pacific communities, supported by community development professionals.
We hope that you will enjoy all aspect s of life in the Centre if you have been offered a place to study here.
SPC is an international organisation that provides technical assistance, policy advice, training and research services to 22 Pacific Island countries and territories in areas such as health, human development, agriculture, forestry and fisheries. All of these areas are critical to the eight million people of the Pacific, who continue to face challenges from their remote locations and scarce resources, as well as new challenges from growing populations, decreasing food security and the effects of climate change.
Our vision for the region is a secure and prosperous Pacific Community, whose people are educated and healthy and manage their resources in n economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way.
Our vision for the organisation is a highly professional, bilingual and dynamic Secretariat that is closely attuned to the needs, aspirations and priorities of its members and works in partnership with other national, regional and international organisations and its development partners to serve its island members.
This vision portrays an organisation that:
Our mission is to help Pacific Island people position themselves to respond effectively to the challenges they face and make informed decisions about their future and the future they wish to leave for the generations that follow.