Joint media alert
29 June 2015
Suva, Fiji – Education and training practitioners from throughout Fiji will gather in Suva this week for a national consultation aimed at identifying priority training needs in the areas of sustainable energy and climate change adaptation.
They will attend a workshop from 1 to 3 July at The University of the South Pacific (USP) as part of a Regional Training Needs and Gap Analysis for the European Union (EU)-funded Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training (PacTVET) Project.
The event will be opened by the Minister for Education, Heritage & Arts – Hon Dr M Reddy and Mr Renato Mele, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation for the Pacific.
The project is being jointly implemented by USP and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and aims to enhance the technical capacity of 15 Pacific countries – including Fiji – to respond to sustainable energy and climate change adaptation challenges. Similar consultation workshops are taking place in the other participating countries.
Seven million people out of the region’s ten million people still do not have access to electricity which can be attributed to a lack of on the ground capacity and resources for training institutions, factors which this project intends to overcome in order to improve energy security and improve resilience to the impacts of climate change.
This consultation will be used to schedule project activities in Fiji for the remainder of the project. Findings will be presented to key national stakeholders at a meeting forming part of the wider Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy steering group in October this year. It will lead to the development of new TVET qualifications in climate change and sustainable energy.
MEDIA ACCESS: Media representatives are invited to attend the opening session on Wednesday 1 July at 9:00am featuring the Minister for Education, Heritage & Arts, Honourable Dr. M Reddy and the Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation for the Pacific, Mr. Renato Mele, as well as stake holders from various government ministries, UNDP, Fiji Red Cross, IUCN Oceania, WWF, GIZ and others.
Time: 9.00-10.15am, 1 July 2015 (Opening of the Consultation Workshop); programme continues until 5pm on Friday 3 July.
Venue: USP, Japan ICT Centre, Upper Campus, Suva, Fiji
Dr Sarah Hemstock , Team Leader PacTVET Project, Economic Development Division, SPC Email:
Telephone: (679) 8041208
Ms Rebecca von Schreeb, Press Officer, Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific Email:
Telephone: (679) 331 3633