Young Farmers Course
Their most recent success, the Young Farmers Course, has seen profitable returns on Tutu's vision. Every year, scores of young men from Cakaudrove between 18 and 23 years of age apply for the privilege of being part of the course. Their criteria for entry is simple, "plant at least 1000 yaqona plants on your own land, this must be verified by a letter from your parents and head of mataqali showing you are free to use that land for commercial farming".
Throughout the four years of the course, students spend 5 weeks farming and learning at Tutu and 5 weeks in their own village working on their farm. This time is increased after the second, third and fourth year. The main aim of the course is to train and help young men from Cakaudrove to establish themselves as farmers on the land.
In a year, young men who have graduated from the course can churn out a million dollars worth of harvest, which they share and take back to their villages. Upon graduating they are given certificates and a bank pass book containing the money they have saved over the 4 years spent at Tutu. The young men have a busy schedule from sunrise at 6am, spending many hours in their plantations, wedding and planting. While riding down the steep hills of Tutu in our four- wheel drive we stopped to pick up young men, who, according to Father McVerry, had lunch and sometimes early dinner in the hills before heading back to base camp. 'These are young people who come here to learn how to be better young men and women. They can go on to become fully functionally adults who can take care of their families through learning basic skills in agriculture, home economics, budgeting and religion' said one of the volunteer teachers on site.
Papua New Guinea - Intergrated Agricultural Training
The Integrated Agricultural Training Program (IATP) is a training programme developed by the University of Vudal in Rabaul, PNG, to introduce subsistence farmers to basic tools and techniques for managing their assets and resources more effectively.
The programme modules consist a mix of technical, business and livelihood skills geared towards empowering farmers to make sound decisions on how best to use their limited resources to facilitate and sustain their livelihoods.
Typically, the modulars are implemented in two day sessions, and include subjects such as basic record and bookkeeping, managing savings and credit and small enterprise planning and management. By mid 2005 more than 4,000 farmers - twice the anticipated number - had participated in the programme.
Vanuatu: Mobile Training for Coastal Fisherman
A novel boat-based training programme has been developed by the Vanuatu Maritime College to deliver short courses on improved fishing and fishprocessing techniques to coastal communities in Vanuatu.
The two week programme is delivered in a specially outfitted boat. It enables coastal fishermen around the country's numerous islands to develop or improve their skills in fishing and seafood handling, they also learn how to operate small boats safely, operate and maintain outboard motors correctly and maintain and repair their boats.
This training enhances the lifestyles of rural people and improves small vessel safety. The programme is subsidise by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
Waan Aelon In Majel "WAM"
WAM is a grassroots non-profit programme to educate youngMarshall Islanders, based on the traditions of the Marshallese canoe. It provides vocational and life skills training to youth-at-risk, using the medium of traditional outrigger canoes, boat building and woodworking. The programme links the new generation with the old. It enables both generations to work together to maintain their rich and vibrant culture, while at the same time addressing the serious social problems affecting youth in modern Marshallese society.
In response to the national agenda for development in the Marshall Islands, WAM has evolved to include vocational training in trades likely to provide employment, including modern boatbuilding and fiberglass technology, carpentry and woodworking, furniture and cabinetmaking and administrative office skills.
The Skilling the Pacific report commends RTCs as they represent a substantial training resource in all countries where they exist, i.e. PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. However according to the report what is needed is a revamping of their curricula to reflect the potential income generating opportunities in the local economy, a switch from 2-3 year courses to shorter module-based training programmes to improve flexibility and efficiency, the introduction of regular monitoring and followup procedures to maintain relevance and a general up-grading of facilities staff and equipment to improve the quality of RTC outputs. The following recommendations are made by the report:
- Carry out a training audit of existing RTCs to determine the current level of institutional resources and how effectively they are being utilised.
- Carry out a tracer study of recent RTC graduates from selected institutions to determine the impact of training received i.e. number who have been able to obtain employment or enter into income generating activities based on the training received.
- Discontinue long term courses for which there is there is little or no evidence of impact.
- Identify potential income generating opportunities at the local level.
- Determine related training and non-training needs required to ensure the successful application of training to employment and/or income generating activities.
The Pacific Youth Festival
The concept of the Pacific Youth Festival was initiated by Pacific Islands countries and territories and endorsed during the Second Youth Ministers Meeting in 2005 in Port Moresby, PNG. The Pacific Youth Strategy 2010, which was adopted at the same meeting, also stated that the Pacific Youth Festival should be held every three years. The first Pacific Youth Festival was held in Tahiti, French Polynesia, in 2006.
The Second Pacific Youth Festival will take place in Suva in July. The theme of the festival
- 'ACTIONING THE YOUTH AGENDA' has five components:
- Promoting healthy living
- Pacific identity
- Climate change
- Governance, peace and security
- Skills for life
The Pacific Youth Festival aims to bring together young people and youth workers to discuss, learn and share with peers and mentors the issues and the challenges for youth development in the Pacific region and best practices from around the region. Through these exchanges it is envisaged that the young people, youth professionals and other stakeholders will build networks, improve their approaches and make a positive contribution to youth development.
The Fiji Government, through the Ministry of Education, National Heritage, Culture & Arts, Youth and Sports is leading the organisation of this festival.
The official dates of the Second Pacific Youth Festival are 13-18 July 2009. The venue for the event will be the University of the South Pacific's Laucala Campus in Suva.